As human beings, we crave variety.

I’m sure there are plenty of people who will argue that fact with me, until they are blue in the face, at the very least.  And while there may be a relatively minor percentage of the population of human beings over the age of 9 on the earth that only wants to eat chicken tenders for dinner every night, by and large we are in need of difference, variety and contrast, in order to grow mentally; perhaps to grow emotionally as well.

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The idea of sameness – of not having variety – is one that dates back to a time when there were not a lot of choices, and humans were lucky to have gruel for dinner every night – it meant that they were assured of having a dinner, even when pickings were slim and times were tough.  Famine, war, disease – all of these things created less than idea times for humans and sometimes meant that a person who had grain hidden away for the winter might be the only one who got to eat.

Your brain gets scurvy too.

In the ‘old’ days, sailors went to sea and had almost no variety in their diet.  They also had almost no fresh fruits and veg after the first few days of a voyage, and many of these otherwise sturdy (if not too smart) shanghai’d gentlemen would find their teeth falling out, their skin becoming jaundiced and their overall demeanor taking a turn for the worse.

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Of course a person cannot live by simply eating oranges and grapefruit all day long.  While that might stave off the scurvy, it will create a whole other set of physical issues in its wake.  I’m not a doctor and I’m not going to bother going into it, but we all know that a steady diet of a single thing is just a terrible idea.

If you sit in front of the computer all day and don’t get any fresh air and exercise, that’s just as bad as eating nothing but beef jerky for weeks.

Everyone needs a hobby.  Or three.

What do you do in your spare time?  I hope it’s not just sitting around trolling social media.  I admit to doing more than my share of this, but I also spend a lot of time on my other hobbies.  If you don’t have a hobby, now would be the ideal time to get at least one.

People who have varied interests, and who spend time on these varied interests, tend to lead happier lives than their one track brethren.  This, in turn, leads to longer life spans…  ok, so if you are miserable you have two choices here – you can get a hobby (rescue a puppy, perhaps?) or you can just die early, you pick.

 

What are you waiting for?  Get off the computer or the phone and go do something fun.