I have a friend at work who recently inspired me to listen to my iTunes on shuffle. After a few songs, I found something I enjoyed and I said ‘Ok, I’m turning off shuffle now – I want to listen to this band for awhile’. He told me no, and in fact, he said I needed to go with the flow – that was the point of the shuffle. I found it to be a challenge… Afterall, by personal definition, I am a creature of habit. But after a while, I found myself having a lot of fun!
Normally, I listen to one of my pre-defined playlists or favorite artists. But that afternoon, I found myself re-discovering songs and artists I love but hadn’t listened to in ages, and feeling inspired by incredible melodies that I had forgotten all about. I felt calm, refreshed, and energized.
I started to think about how great it would be to put my life on shuffle. Too often, I find myself doing the same thing, at the same time, in much the way. I get up, follow the same routine, do the same job, complete the same chores, and go to bed… And it all happens in much the same way, at much the same time, on a daily basis. It’s as though my life is a pre-defined playlist, and every morning I turn it on and run it through until the last song ends and I call it a day.
Don’t get me wrong – to a certain extent, this can’t be helped. As a contributing member of society, there are certain things that have to happen on a regular basis (like getting out of bed on time, doing the job I was hired to do, and meeting and keeping existing commitments and responsibilities). But what about everything else? What if I ‘shuffled’ it up a bit? Got up at a different time and watched the sun rise? Took a walk at lunch hour and went a different route? Tried a food I’d never had before? Did something different at work, or approached the same task from a different angle? Went to bed later or earlier? Had a longer run along a different route? Tried a new yoga pose? Read a brand new author?
There are a million little ways I can think of to change things up. To be honest, the thought of them all makes me smile.
I think I’ll try putting my life on shuffle and work on going with the flow. I can’t wait to see what comes up in my playlist next.