We were sitting at our table in Colorado pondering the many choices on the menu when the young lady sitting next to us declared that we MUST try the Chicken Tinga Tacos.
"Are they good?" we asked.
"Life changing!" was her response.
Life changing? Wow! That's a pretty high bar. But her recommendation was intriguing enough to make us try the tacos! Now it's quite possible that the young lady who offered the suggestion was more than a little bit "altered", and this may have colored her enthusiasm but still, we heeded her advice. Who can turn down life changing tacos? I'm not sure the tacos quite lived up to the bar of life-changing, but it did start an interesting line of thought. If the Chicken Tinga Taco was not life-changing, what was? And what does life changing really mean?
There are a few major life events that are indisputably life-changing: getting married, having children, getting divorced, moving, being diagnosed with a major illness, experiencing a change of job, or losing a family member or friend. There is no way to get through those events without experiencing major change. But is it possible that other smaller things can also change your life?
Traveling to new places can change your life. You don't have to fly across the country to see new places. Exploring your area with fresh eyes can do that. Seeing images and scenery that you've never seen before expands your world. Trying new foods expands your palate. Going on new adventures takes you out of your comfort zone. Talking to people you may not otherwise interact with broadens your outlook. Reading a book can inspire new action. We don't always realize or believe that we need to change our lives, but the truth is we should always be looking for ways to do so. Changing is growing, learning, improving, and becoming more knowledgeable of the world around us. We should not let the comfort of our daily lives and routines prevent us from opening new doors and exploring different viewpoints. On a daily basis I may retain many of my personal routines but over the course of my life, I hope I find ways to keep changing. I want to continue to increase my knowledge, understanding, and experience of the world around me.
*As a footnote: If I had to pick one food item from this trip that really may have been life changing, I'd have to go with the beignets from "The Lost Cajun". Warm, fresh, light as air, and dusted with powdered sugar that melted into every bite. I've had them before, but never as good as these. They were worth every powdered sugar spot on my face and clothing. From now on, I will seek out beignets wherever we go and compare them back to these delicious examples- that is indeed life-changing :-).