8 Places to Look for Variety in the Monotony of Life

There is more to experience, see, hear, taste, touch, smell, feel, and learn than can be done in one lifetime.


Even with all that, there are certainly times when it doesn’t feel like enough.

When you’re feeling bored with life, what do you do?

If you’re wondering where to look for variety in the monotony of life, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 8 places to look that can help bring you back to a happier, healthier state of mind.

1. The Foods You Eat

This doesn’t have to be a huge commitment up front. You can simply start with either one meal per week or one day per week. You can eat something you’ve never had before or something that you’ve had previously but haven’t had for a while.

If you’re wondering where to start, you could go with Meatless Mondays. And yes, there is definitely a lot more to being plant-based than soy. If you’re wondering where you’ll get your protein from, I have some news for you. Plants have plenty of protein, including beans, lentils, quinoa, nuts, peas, soy, fruits, vegetables, and so much more.

I’ve tested this out for myself. When I tracked my protein, fat, and carbohydrates on (it’s free), I saw that I already had enough protein for the day before I factored in any animal-based protein, including meat. This happened consistently. It showed me proof that plants are enough.

“Setting aside the health benefits, how often do you get that kind of incredible win-win where you can really transform the planet? And it’s possible. You gotta check the facts for yourselves. You’re not gonna believe it hearing it from me. But I wanna challenge everybody here. If you’re an environmentalist – I say – my challenge is: You can’t be an environmentalist, you can’t be an ocean steward without truly walking the walk. And you can’t walk the walk in the world of the future — the world ahead of us, the world of our children — not eating a plant-based diet. That’s my challenge. You can check the facts for yourselves.” – James Cameron

You could either get some plant-based meat from a grocery store or a restaurant, or you could prepare it yourself. There are countless recipes available online that you can look up and experiment with. It’s a whole wide world of delicious awesomeness out there just waiting to be explored.

2. What You Drink

Chances are you don’t drink enough water. I know I don’t. It’s a common thing for people to be chronically dehydrated. I understand. Water can be boring.

So, what else can you have besides water?

“Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.” – I Timothy 5:23

It might help me to follow that advice. Notice that the words are “a little wine.” It’s not an excuse to get drunk.

But what if you’d rather not have alcohol or de-alcoholized wine?

For this one, I keep thinking about coconut water. I prefer to have it from a can. I wouldn’t mind if coconut water was as readily available as water. It’s that good and that enjoyable.

Also, there are many plant-based milks, too. These include almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, rice milk, hazelnut milk, oat milk, hemp milk, and soy milk.

Set out on a voyage of discovery and taste the wide variety of healthy drinks that are available. You deserve it.

3. The Company You Keep

If you keep spending time with the same people, you might keep having the same life. The other side of that is you can adjust how your interactions are with the people who are already in your life.

Maybe you’ve kept them at a distance with safe and inauthentic interactions. Maybe you’ve avoided them and pushed them away. If you let them in, you might find out that they’ve been waiting for the opportunity to support you in whatever dreams and goals you have. Unless you give them the chance, you might never know.

And you could meet new people. You can contribute to their lives and they can contribute to yours. New activities, new growth. An infusion of other opinions, expanding your network, and creating new connections.

“You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

While that quote can be depressing, there is another way to look at it. That quote issues a challenge. A challenge to make sure that the five main people in your life are adding value and not draining the life out of you.

You could identify if anyone is holding you back and spend time with someone who empowers you instead. One person with a positive impact could be all that you need to really kickstart your life.

Choose wisely. Choose well. If you do this part right, the rest of your life can fall into place much better than it would otherwise. As long as the five people you spend the most time with are a force for good for you, that helps make a richer life possible for you.

4. The Time You Sleep

I wish that sleep wasn’t necessary. Not having to sleep would sure free up a lot of time each day.

“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” – Scottish Proverb

I’ve read about sleeping hacks where you could get the amount of sleep each day down to 1 or 2 hours and still feel rested.

There are at least three times where I’ve slept for 30 minutes or less. The first of those times is still the best sleep I’ve ever had. Granted, it took 6 hours of focused, intense prayer / meditation before I got to the point where I could sleep, so I wasn’t saving any time in that case.

I’ve experimented with different amounts of time for sleeping, and I’ve experimented with the times that I sleep. I realize that my mental state has a lot to do with the results I’ve gotten. If I’m at peace, then a restful sleep is possible. If I’m not at peace, then it doesn’t matter when I sleep or for how Iong I sleep. In that case, I still wake up tired, as if I hadn’t slept at all.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has slept from 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m., and it’s worked for him. Tony Robbins sleeps for 3 – 5 hours each night. Adam Armstrong recommends falling asleep between 10:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m., and waking up before 6:00 a.m. for increased energy.

You can experiment to see what works best for you. You might be a morning person or you might be a night owl. If you need help with having a more restful sleep, you could listen to relaxing audios such as the Zen12 Meditation Program or you can make your own with the Subliminal360 Program.

Whatever amount of time you sleep and whatever times you sleep, as long as you’re relaxed, that can be the most important thing.

5. What You Watch

The example that readily comes to mind here is languages. Do you watch things in one language only?

If so, I see how that could become boring after a while. For a variety of other perspectives, I recommend watching content in dozens of other languages that span several continents. There aren’t always English subtitles available, and that’s okay. If the content is visual enough, you’ll still be able to understand what’s going on.

I’ve really enjoyed watching content in many, many languages. There is a lot of rich, multi-dimensional storytelling available from all over the world, and not all of it is in English.

Besides other languages, you can watch other genres that you wouldn’t normally or haven’t otherwise seen.

You can watch some great educational content to expand your knowledge and increase your skills.

You’ll increase your intelligence, expand your awareness, and become more well-rounded as you dive into other languages, other genres, and other topics.

6. The Music You Hear

If listening to songs about break ups is your thing, then maybe you can listen to something positive instead.

Why something positive?

The music you hear affects your mood. Very efficiently. Sometimes scarily so.

If you’d rather be happy than sad, then yes, it helps to listen to music that will lift you up. Lift your spirits. Lift them high. So you can fly. Give it a try. Listen to something happy and watch your mood rise.

My favorite type of music is classical music. Which also happens to include most soundtracks for TV shows and movies. I also like it when there is a combination of genres. Such as with the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” and with an orchestra playing video game music.

I’ve also had great fun listening to remixes. It’s amazing how much familiar music is available as a remix. A great thing about remixes is that you get to listen to something new while you’re also listening to something familiar. When it’s done well, it can be the best of both worlds.

7. The Work You Do

Judging by various percentages that I’ve seen, almost everyone hates their jobs. Or are at least really unhappy and unfulfilled with the work that they’re paid to do.

If you are one of those discontented wage slaves, I can relate. That’s where I’ve been, too, for so much of my working life. I’m not the type that enjoys working for someone else. I haven’t found that there is sufficient space available there for creativity, expression, and promotion. Also, there tends to be a severe restriction or complete absence of multiple freedoms.

Want to go on vacation? You need to get permission first. And for the exact days that you want to have off.

Want to work from anywhere in the world? Most jobs aren’t set up for that. It tends to be that you have to be in an exact physical location and at exact set times.

Want a pay raise? You need to negotiate for that. Keep in mind that employees’ wages are often a company’s largest expense, and companies are looking to keep their expenses down.

Even given the various disadvantages of being an employee, it’s worth noting that not everyone is cut out to be their own boss. Many people do prefer to be employees. They prefer the security — whether it’s real or not. They prefer the predictability, and they learn to live within their set restrictions.

If you can be doing work that fulfills you, that helps to light up your life like nothing else can. And it can give you the fuel to take care of all the other areas of your life.

Often times, your life purpose is largely contained in the work that you do. In those cases, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of making sure that you’re doing work that you love.

Really listen to yourself carefully here. What do you enjoy the most? What do you do really well? What do people compliment you on?

Unless you’re being really hard on yourself, you’ll be able to list out quite a few things. And that list will form the starting point of the rest of your life. Seriously look it over and have some fun with it. Your list can give you some ideas for what else you can be doing.

You don’t have to quit your job and get doing the work you were born to do full time. At least not right away. You can build it up on the side first. And then, when it’s far enough along, you can quit your job. If you want to.

8. Where You Travel

I’m 34, and I’ve been to 3 countries so far. I was born in Canada, and I didn’t travel to the United States until I was 21. I turned 22 during that trip.

I’m in Portugal right now. This is my first time out of North America, and it’s my first time in Europe. I’m going to turn 35 during this trip.

I understand that I’ve been sheltered. I get that. There might be some people who travel to 3 countries before they’ve had breakfast. I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to traveling. And I understand that there are certain logistical requirements to meet, such as learning multiple languages and other aspects of international relations.

I hunger for travel. I know that it will open up my entire point of view, how I relate to myself, how I relate to others, and so much more.

The problems that some of us face, we all face. We all need to eat, sleep, drink, breathe, stay warm, make a living, and get along with each other. We all need to survive and even thrive. We’re stuck on this planet together and blessed to be here.

It doesn’t matter what language you speak or what color your skin is or what economic status you have. You’re one of us. You’re here. You’re human. You belong.

One race. Human race.

One blood. Red blood.

I invite you to experience the expansiveness of being human. See what your global neighbors are up to. Learn their cultures, their customs, their stories. What’s life like through their eyes? What are their hopes and dreams?

Could be quite similar to your own. Could be you’ve got more similarities than differences. Could be you’re more alike than you thought.

Stripped away from the propaganda and the agendas of hatred and division, our neighbors, both domestic and international, can be seen in a clearer light. I see a world without war. I see a world with real and lasting peace.

You are a vital part of that world. Even if you listen to nothing else that I say, then listen to this:

You are here for a great purpose. You may not know what that is yet, but keep searching. When you are ready for your purpose, you will know what it is. The purpose of all life is to love and be loved. Your specific purpose is however you specifically give and receive love. Express your love today and every day, and you will help bring about the peace that our world so desperately needs. Thank you for your contribution. You are dearly loved and appreciated.

And whatever you do, travel.

Spread love wherever you can.


Naturally, applying changes to your life in the previous sections will lead to you learning a lot, and it will change how you think.

“Variety is the spice of life.” – Proverb

In other words, new and exciting experiences make life more interesting.

There have been expeditions to travel to other continents to get spices. Apparently, food was quite boring in Europe without them. This eventually led to our much more interconnected world of today.

Boredom can be a great catalyst. If you let it.

As long as you don’t stay stuck in boredom and use it as a launching pad instead, your life can get a lot more interesting.

Foods, drinks, relationships, sleep, videos, music, work, and travel all tie together to help bring you out of monotony and into variety. You are now armed with 8 places to look for variety in the monotony of life.

It’s up to you to apply whatever changes you can.

Which one will you start with?

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4 thoughts on “8 Places to Look for Variety in the Monotony of Life”

  1. Hi James, I can relate to many of the things you wrote in this article.
    We all need change to break the monotony. Otherwise, we get stuck in vicious circles and lose touch with reality.
    I also love travelling. This is a kind of addiction that keeps me motivated in life.
    Enjoy your stay in Portugal!

    All the best

    1. Hi Stefan, thank you for your comment. I’m glad that you could relate to many of the things in the article. When I was writing it, I came across a quote: “If you think travel is dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal.”

      I like that you referred to travel as an addiction!

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