I marvel at the stages of taste that my teenage son has cycled through. As a tot, he LOVED to watch Barney on TV each day. Then…just like that, Barney was for “little kids” and he moved on to “Drake & Josh” and “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”, and on and on. A Happy Meal was the meal of choice when we went to McDonald’s; now he won’t even step foot into McDonald’s or any fast food restaurant other than Chick-Fil-A.
When I was young, my mother used to feed us vienna sausage. I ate them, but I never liked them and vowed that when I grew up, I’d never eat them again – and I haven’t. I didn’t like salad or mayonnaise or broccoli, all of which I eat today. I haven’t eaten red meat in over 20 years; but back in the day I enjoyed a good steak (with ketchup and fries!); it was nothing for me to have a t-bone or filet on the grill. As we grow and evolve, our tastes change – in food, in situations, in places…and even in the company we keep.
You can outgrow your own life. If you take inventory of the last ten years of your life you’ll probably find much has changed (and if you’re like me, the condition of your knees is definitely not the same!). In doing so, if you find yourself doing ALL of the same things you did ten years ago, then baby…it might be time to re-evaluate your life! Don’t you think? But first, you probably should ask yourself why you’re in the same space. Your response to that question may be, “I don’t need to make any changes – it’s warm and comfortable and cozy where I am. I like doing the same things in ritualistic fashion each day.” If you’ve given it a genuine think-through and decide that you really are happy in that place – more power to you! But if there’s doubt…
Just because you are safe and comfy in a seemingly stable situation doesn’t mean you’re happy there. If your job fulfilling? Is your relationship working like a fine oiled machine? Are you in whatever you’re in because you’ve been doing it for 10-20-30 years? If you have any iota of the doubt I mentioned in the previous paragraph – maybe it’s time to rock the boat a little and step out of your comfort zone. All evolution isn’t automatic; change doesn’t always come with maturity. You may have to put forth the effort to make the changes on your own. And guess what? You have the power to do so!
Don’t settle for your current station in life just because you’re afraid to venture out. Also remember – desiring change doesn’t mean you’re not grateful for your blessings! God wants us to excel and live our best life! When we hold situations and/or people who should’ve been gone a long time ago so tightly in our clenched fists, there’s no room to receive what we are supposed to get! There’s freedom in making room in your life for the new things that await.
Put down the bologna sandwich, there are several cuts of steak out there waiting for you to try them! Go ahead! Do it!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” – Marianne Williamson