Step off the path

“Step off the path, and maybe you’d get back and maybe you wouldn’t, but you would be changed. Which sounds like strange and awful until you realise that that’s actually pretty much how it’s always been, and if you think any different, it’s because you’ve never left that little stretch of comfort and gone someplace where what you know gets a bit thin on the ground.”

Nick Harkaway, The Gone-Away World

When you try something new, something you don’t do every day, then you will be changed. Your body will change form the physical experience and your mind from the new thoughts and feelings. Your mind will need to carve new pathways to handle these new experiences. What we often forget is that we change by doing the same things as well. Every time you repeat something our mind strengthens those pathways and makes it easier for us to do them the next time. It will be easier and require less energy every time you do something which is both a good thing and a bad thing. The bad thing is that it might be harder and harder to try new things if we get used to the low amount of energy required to just do what we always do.