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Getting Off of the Couch

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My husband, Noah and I have had the depressing habit of watching television every evening before going to bed and it’s starting to wear on us. I’m working a lot less at the bookstore these days and he’s finished teaching class, we now have a lot of time on our hands.

We wake up late, watch television until we force ourselves to visit the local coffeehouse and work on stuff. We work there for several hours until it’s night time, then come home to watch a dramatic cooking competition on FOX.

By the time we go to bed, we felt like we’ve wasted our day.

Today, Noah was struck with inspiration when he came back from his office at around 1pm, to find me still sitting around in my underwear drinking coffee and watching Bridezillas. “Hey, let’s go somewhere and do something.”

He had the brilliant idea to go to seedy underbelly of Toledo for a game of bowling. And I’m surprised, because Noah gets really nervous about seedy underbellies of many cities. I, on the other hand, relish in pointing out all the different “Gentleman Clubs.” (I found three.)

The bowling alley was legit. It looked and smelled like large “Great Lakes” men regularly competed in tournaments. Spilled beer, rental shoes and cigarettes. You can tell that any little change in my routine is incredibly, sometimes unnecessarily, exciting!

I’m a fairly poor bowler and Noah can at least break a 100. It didn’t matter though, we had such a great time just going outside of our comfort zone. I think it was the kind of inspiration we needed to find other fun things to do together. Complacency is a killer and it’s depressing too.

So the next time you have a day off, think of an interesting place to visit: a museum, the library, a zoo, mini-golf, whatever! Something new and adventurous could add more years to your life. I have no proof of this (especially if that new adventurous thing is a poor planned sky-diving trip). But try it anyway!

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Author: Charish Halliburton

Writer and Editor for The Motley News

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