Technically, it’s still summer, but I can’t be the only one noticing the first changing leaves and those first crisp winds of fall. Labor Day weekend always seems to signal the unofficial shift out of summer by giving us one last long weekend of carefree fun before we slink into our favorite sweaters and seek comfort foods to warm us up for the season ahead.
After all of the high energy events of spring and summer, I get excited about fall because it’s a time to wind down and focus on fun traditions. Now, I in no way mean to suggest that carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds isn’t an awesome way to spend your time, but I am challenging myself and you to beware of “the beige effect.”
While researching a piece I’m writing for work, I came across an article that discussed how companies increase the “beige” by picking people who are like themselves or who can fulfill a long list of arbitrary requirements that don’t fit the real needs of a position. I started thinking about how we do this in other areas of our lives, too.
I think it’s so easy to get so caught up in our favorites, our traditions, and our little creature comforts that we let the world get smaller around us until we wake up one February morning hung over with cabin fever. When you crawl into those cozy habits, it’s like painting your life with beige.
You are way too interesting for a beige life.
Finding inspiration and energy to keep things fresh seems a lot easier when things are blooming and lush, but the saddest thing we can do is let the world seem so small that it’s boring.
Instead of falling into the beige, keep searching for ways to get out into the world to remember how big it is. Try out a new look, or tag along with a friend who has an interesting hobby, or just go to a new part of town and go for a walk — you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Just don’t use this weather as an excuse to retreat!
As for me, in full socializing mode. There’s no blanket comfy enough to deter me from attending random events on meetup.com, discovering every cafe in walkable distance, and learning how to overcome the alleged “Seattle Freeze.”
How are you fighting the beige effect?