Today I decided to check out a Tea store nearby. Yes, a tea store. I didn’t know they existed either, but I like tea, and it seemed different enough to be worth exploring today.Also the proximity of it made it appealing, as I had very little time today. So I ended up going during my lunch break.
This tea store was great. I walked in and immediately noted how wonderfully decorated it was. The place had a great atmosphere, and I looked to see the walls were completely lined with a hundred different options of tea. I didn’t even know this many types of tea existed to be honest. I immediately felt a bit overwhelmed with options, but fortunately the two women working there were very friendly and helpful. The first woman explained how the room was organized by black teas, green teas, white teas, herbal teas. She said that I could get samples of anything, and also get tea brewed to go. Since there were so many unique options, I decided to branch out and try something new that I wouldn’t normally see or try. I was feeling stressed already from my work day, and so I wanted something relaxing. I asked her if teas existed with either Jasmine or Lavender. I wasn’t sure if that was a real thing, but she enthusiastically assured me that it was. She pointed me to the green teas with Jasmine, and an Earl Gray with Lavender. The tea leaves were all in little jars that you could open and smell. The Earl Grey Lavender smelled amazing, and was filled with little purple flower buds.
The first woman was talking to some customers who were just stopping by. They were an older couple who were just visiting from Florida. She was explaining to them that they could just take their time, relax, and sample different teas. “There is no rush, let yourself have an experience here,” she said to them, “because tea should be an experience.” I thought that was a cool perspective, because for sure this was a unique new experience for me as well. A unique Day 13 and I am glad that I once again overcame my laziness to have a new experience.
This Days of New Experiment is interesting. I always feel stressed and too busy, and therefore there are always a hundred voices in my head trying to talk me out of doing my daily New Activity. But once I push through the inertia, I find myself quite excited to try something new or visit some place new. A cumulative excitement is beginning to develop from the combination of many days in a row of new explorations. The interesting thing that I noticed today is that this experiment makes me look at my hometown in a new way. The way that I am finding all these new places to explore, restaurants to try, and places to visit… it is gradually changing my perception of the familiar and worn out home. With each new day, my hometown is expanding and becoming more interesting. I wonder how much more there is to explore. It makes me see that I don’t necessarily have to travel the world to find new experiences, I just have to push past my laziness and ignore the false beliefs telling me that there is nothing new and exciting around me. Perhaps those false beliefs are an integral part of what creates complacency in life and digs somebody into a rut in the first place.