It became my new thing, to walk home from class if the weather was "nice." Each day I would choose a different route to walk and each day I would discover some new unknown treasure. It was a wonderful way to get to know Stockholm and I still find myself taking walks off the beaten path. But even before I moved to Stockholm I picked up the habit of taking different routes on occasion to shake things up. When I lived in Los Angeles, California many moons ago I remember reading a book in which the author suggested changing things up by driving a different route to or from a familiar destination. The first time I did it was a bit scary. I mean, I lived in LA and it could be scary to find yourself in unknown territory. But I quickly got over that and learned that a simple change in my scenery often helped me to change my perspective as well. It is always invigorating to visit a new city or place when you are seeing it with new eyes for the first time.
There is no reason to not do that in the cities where we live as well. Surely there is still something new to explore or experience, right? Since I have been riding my bike to and from work I have figured out several different routes that I can take depending on my mood or the time at hand. One is the longer, scenic route when I have all the time in the world, one is the scenic but I'm in a hurry route when I have some time but probably should focus and get to work and one is the dude I'm in a hurry and need to get to work in fifteen minutes route, when I just didn't get up early enough or get ready fast enough. I think it's time for a change so tomorrow I am going to take a different route and see where it takes me. What about you? Will you join me in taking a new route to or from your normal destinations? Maybe explore a new little pocket of town and discover a hidden treasure? I invite you to join me and shake things up a bit. Even if it is as simple as going out your back door instead of your front door when you leave the house, or parking on the other side of the parking lot from where you normally park. Do one thing completely different from what you normally do or go all out and completely turn your world upside down.
Like my photo below...
Someone turned my Texas cut-out upside down. Kind of an interesting perspective, don't you think?
It sort of looks like a bird this way.