"In our regular environments, routine or complacency can kick in. Mixing this up can help us focus or simply allow one to do things that we may not get to ordinarily do, be it for faffing or otherwise."
A few years ago, a friend and I discussed how cool it would be to house sit; a change of scenery, no accommodation costs and something that one can do anywhere in the world. Enter also, the rise of remote working and the growing market share of the like of Airbnb.
Back then, the dream never really become a reality, more speculative discussions and searching online that transpired in 95% of such opportunities on listing sites making it very clear that house sitting usually means pet sitting. Having never had a pet of my own, this may not have been something for me after all.
Fast forward to the present day, I've experienced Airbnb, I've tried this remote working malarkey from various locations globally and I'm now sat writing this in one of my best friend's houses, sitting two cats and two rabbits.
Accommodating the lives of four animals routines has been character building. Apart from the obvious respect and responsibility that come with caring for another's family home, this has been a holiday, and frankly a well-timed break.
Needless to say things are constantly evolving however every now and again we experience sudden, obvious (and sometimes enforced) periods of change. I feel like I am in one of those periods now.
Being away from my regular environment, yet not in completely unfamiliar surroundings has allowed me a period of reflection, opportunity to prepare for what is to come, but perhaps most importantly the chance to do things that in one's everyday environment does not happen
'It's odd how, when you live in a city, you always postpone getting to know it and usually end up never knowing it at all.'
In our regular environments, routine or complacency can kick in. Mixing this up can help us focus or simply allow one to do things that we may not get to ordinarily do, be it for faffing or otherwise.
The pets sometimes had other ideas for me but in spite of this - I'd happily house sit or do something similar again. Perhaps next time, I'll take in more of the locality, maybe getting away from all the busyness and noise is all we really need once in a while.
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