Have you felt emptiness in your life lately? Something seems amiss despite having gone ahead in life? Perhaps, it’s time for a cool change.
In 1979, the Australian pop/rock group Little River Band released the song “Cool Change” which turned out to be a monster hit. The Australian Performing Right Association included it in its list of the top 30 Australian songs of all time.
Almost four decades later, the song still resonates to me. Having stood the test of time, its message is as timely and relevant today as it was when released. And I’m sure for the years to come.
If there’s one thing in my life that’s missing
It’s the time that I spend alone
Sailing on the cool and bright clear water
Lots of those friendly people
They’re showing me ways to go
But I never want to lose their inspiration
Time for a cool change
I know that it’s time for a cool change
And now that my life is so prearranged
I know that it’s time for a cool change
We have felt that inexplicable feeling of discontentment and inadequacy at some point in our lives. Despite of our achievements, material possessions, a supportive family and circle of friends – we yearn for that “one thing”. Even so with people who lack these things and attributes! Regardless of social status and standing, almost everyone has gone through or is currently having this dilemma.
I guess this can be attributed to the monotony of daily living which drives us to boredom. Consequently, we cease to live as human beings with the predictable cycle of activities we do. We go through the same routine year in and year out.
Also, the innate desire to acquire wealth and lust for fame and power may be contributing factors. Most people nowadays are obsessed with the latest trend in fashion, cars, electronic gadgets and a whole gamut of other things. The crass consumerism that pervades our society may cause us to lose our footing and sense of direction. Oftentimes, we take for granted and forget life’s simple pleasures.
It is a common expectation in any culture, I believe for one to receive a good education, have a secure job or stable business, be financially well-off, then settle down and raise a wonderful family. A “prearranged” life where one can live comfortably but may be devoid of challenges. This mindset is now under heavy criticisms from some liberal thinkers and adventurous souls. They scoff at the 9-5 life and avoid it like a plague. As someone puts it bluntly, “we work, pay the bills and die.”
Well, I was born in the sign of water
And it’s there that I feel my best
The albatross and the whales, they are my brothers
It’s kind of a special feeling
When you’re out on the sea alone
Staring at the full moon like a lover
I’ve never been romantic
And sometimes I don’t care
I know it may sound selfish
But let me breathe the air
Let me breathe the air
We need to take stock of our lives and reflect on our priorities. Life’s lessons can be discovered and learned by spending more time in communion with nature. It doesn’t have to be in the seas alone. In the mountains, woods, caves and deserts – everywhere nature has to offer. We can meditate and focus more in solitude or with our partner or family amidst nature and its wonderful creatures. It is about going back to the basics and getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. Slow down, relax and chill. Making positive changes and undergoing a new lifestyle will give one that breath of fresh air. The excitement that’s been sorely missing will make life more meaningful.
Living in a hectic world with its trappings, the highly competitive rat race and daily routine can take their toll on our lives which lead us to stress, apathy and even depression.
How about making some changes? Trying something new? Why not pursue a passion that you kept putting off? Maybe a new hobby or interest? A new skill or sport? Maybe you want to learn a new language?
If you’re stuck in a job you don’t want, why not change career? Probably you’re experiencing a spiritual vacuum in your life? Maybe you want to do volunteer jobs? Do you want to travel and explore the world?
Maybe an unpleasant experience in the past continues to haunt you? Let go of your ghosts and learn to forgive and forget! Maybe you’re in a broken relationship? Make amends, reconcile with and love your enemies!
Have a new lease in life! Get out of the shell! Leave your comfort zone! Learn to conquer your fear and face challenges, take risks and be the best you can be! People in their deathbeds regret about not the things they have done, but over the things they have not done.
It doesn’t matter whatever your age is – whether you’re barely in your teens or in your golden years. All of us are equal in the playing field as long as we give our best shot. Also, we do not have to wait for the dawn of a new year to introduce and embrace changes in our lives. It is high time to act now as tomorrow or next year may be too late.
During spring and summer of last year, I came across these articles which made me pause and wonder:
These three articles revived my interest in travel. My wife and I share the same passion for travelling but it has been an on-off thing because of work and family commitments. I started following the sites and blogs of the articles’ authors and found out that travelling full-time can be sustainable and can be a career as well. That was a breath of fresh air to me. One thing leads to another and these discoveries opened the floodgates for more inspiration as I learned of other travel bloggers/writers and their adventures and I began following them too.
This year and the past one have been fairly good to my family in terms of travelling. We’ve been to destinations we have never been before and we hope we can carry on and visit more countries in the years to come. Our teenage son has also developed an interest for travels and we love to discover and explore new places, local or abroad, together as a family.
Now after dilly-dallying for over a year, I am giving travel blogging a go. Number-crunching comes in handy but not with writing. I am not sure what will be the outcome but it gives me comfort that at least I tried. Definitely, I do not want to wake up every morning and regret for the rest of my life for not trying. Life is full of possibilities and unexpected surprises. I believe opportunities will open up to those who seek and chase them.
How about you? Why not do that “one thing” which excites you? Go for it as no one will do it for you! It’s only you who needs to make that first step. Make your move now; otherwise you’ll be stuck in the same place and situation. Don’t be afraid to fail – it’s better to have tried and fail than not have tried at all.
Time for a cool change? Yes it is!
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