Last Tuesday night I met some friends for drinks. Except I didn’t drink. Well, nothing except water that is. And I felt great. I enjoyed myself, I remember the walk home and I woke up the next day feeling good.
Last night I went out with a friend for dinner to a local izakaya, which everyone knows is just another name for a Japanese drinking establishment. And I didn’t drink. Granted I’m on medication for a cold, but even if I hadn’t been, I wouldn’t have had one. I just didn’t feel the need, nor did I want one.
After dinner we walked along talking about various things and like we always do, we played the Question Game. This involves asking the other person any question, but it must be quirky and original, not like the run-of-the-mill, “What’s your favorite…?”
My question to him and the one I then had to answer myself: “If you were going to die tomorrow, what would you want to eat for your last meal?”
My answer: a huge bowl of cereal.
In Australia I eat any and every kind of cereal. I have spent hours traipsing up and down the aisles searching for a particular cereal I have a craving for that day. In Japan I don’t tend to eat any cereal, apart from oats that is. Oats, however, get boring and so this morning I tried something different.
I took some money with me on the chance that I would actually buy something rather than just thinking about it. I passed the supermarket and thought, nah, I don’t need the cereal and then I stopped and went back. I bought some All Bran and some almond milk and came back home.
My usual routine, which I’ve done practically forever, is to have a shower and then have breakfast. In Japan, it’s traditional to take a shower at night so you’re clean when you get into bed.
This morning I broke with tradition. I poured a gigantic bowl of cereal, covered it in milk and sat down and ate it all. I finished with a grin on my face, a satisfied stomach and funnily enough, I felt great.
I haven’t been taking proper care of myself this year and I have no doubt that I’m lacking in vitamins and minerals. I swear that after eating this it began to have an immediate effect.
Sometimes a change is routine is what you need to change your way of thinking, get you out of a slump or even inspire you to make more positive changes to your life.
A break in routine can definitely equal a break from life, or at least the monotony of life that we all establish to help us cope with the daily stress.
What changes have you made?