“The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.” – Anis NinRun, write, update a blog 120 times; sometimes it gets monotonous and I need to switch it up. That’s why I began the Art of Running series and created Rite2Wander–to keep things fresh.
The Delaware Water Gap on the Appalachian Trail, a glacier pond, boulders, glistening sun, sweating profusely, wildlife everywhere. My buddies and I took a fifteen-mile hike, climbed over 1,000 feet–we’re practicing for our sixtieth.
And then we get to an opening at the end of a path in the forest and see a glacier pond named Sunfish. We hiked the shore of the pond, rounded a bend and rock sculptures were everywhere. I’d written about a similar phenomenon I came across on Buddha Beach in Sedona, Arizona over 2,000 miles away last month in my travel blog.
When my daily routine begins to get stale, I’ve always found it refreshing to switch things up. Rarely does running get boring to me, but still I alternate with cycling or will plan a hike. If I’m writing a memoir or essay and feel the creative juices dry up, I’ll work on a short story or write a blog.
It’s healthy to switch gears, or take a break altogether. Disengage. It brings a freshness and is revitalizing. And then, sometimes, just as you turn a corner, a surprised will be waiting for you on the other side.