I've been thinking about that quote by Albert Einstein quite often now. You've probably heard it...
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."
This is a powerful quote. How often do we do the same thing again and again fooling ourselves into believing "This time will be different" or that "This time we will do different". It's amazing really. I used to do this with drinking. I would drink a ton (a ton meaning 3+ drinks because I'm 5 feet tall and can't handle my alcohol) and I would always pretend to think that THIS time I could handle my liquor and that I wouldn't do anything crazy or wake up throwing up for 8+ hours. It NEVER happened. & if it DID it was because I did SOMETHING different like drinking water, eating food, pacing myself, etc.
This is just one of many examples I could come up with in my own life. It's not until we change our approach that different results will occur. I've been wondering lately if the same thing can be said for staying in the same place/job/etc for an endless amount of time. Sure, there's something to be said for being committed or enjoying where you are. Maybe in a situation like that you don't need different results. However, if the place you live or work at is causing you stress or keeping you from your full potential then maybe staying forever is also insanity when you know that nothing is really going to ever change.
Sometimes I get afraid of being in the same place for too long. It's probably a flaw really. I get this nervous feeling that this place will be my last (weird, I know) or that I'll somehow have peaked. It's one reason why I flee from place to place- hoping to chase the adventures thrown at me. I always wonder about those who never move or travel. Those who go to the same few places everyday and are creatures of habit. It's fascinating to me that some people never bore, tire, or regret the same place or same job.
Insanity is a weird topic. In some ways I think we're all insane with these large dreams and beliefs we let carry us through life. However, I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing.
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