The theme song provoked a feeling of sentimentality and pleasure at sharing a drink with such great friends. However, I can't help but wonder at the idea of sitting in the same place day in day out with the same people. Just imagine what these folk were missing out on. They didn't realise that there were awesome bars not too far from Cheers; bars with amazing cocktails, decadent desserts, a two hour happy hour, fabulous bands, interesting patrons and colder, frothier beer. They could have discovered the wonders of these bars if only they had taken the opportunity to leave their bar stools and venture past the Cheers door.
And, so it is with life. We so often sit on the same bar stool day in, day out, talking with the same people, sipping the same drinks. Of course, the Cheers bar is a happy, friendly and comfortable venue and the risk is that the next bar may disappoint. It may be more expensive, more crowded and less friendly. But, what if it's not? What if it offers you uncompromising value? What if it provides you with the best night out? What if you meet Mr/Miss Right there? How will you ever know the possibilities the new venues may offer if you are still sitting on the stool at the Cheers bar?
Where is it that you have left your imprint on the bar stool? Still living in the house you have outgrown? Still visiting the same holiday destination when what you really want to do is travel to Russia? Still commuting to that boring but safe job? Still living in the body you desperately want to transform? Still eating at the same pizza place Friday nights when you'd love to try Turkish, Indian and tapas? Still running yourself into the ground when you really want a more simple, more peaceful lifestyle?
Is it time to step down from the familiar and comfortable bar stool? Is it time to aspire to a new bar stool somewhere less familiar, less comfortable? Cast your mind back... Can you remember the time you first sat on your bar stool? Yes, back then that stool, in that bar, was not quite the best fit. The seat was hard, the drinks tasted different and nobody knew your name. You were uncomfortable; not accepted, not familiar. Time passed and so did the discomfort and disorientation. It was replaced with a deep satisfaction, signs of recognition and familiarity. Slowly but surely you grew very comfortable.
Sometimes we just have to be comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable; to step down from the safe place we've been sitting for so long and begin the search to find new joy, excitement and passion. Where will you begin searching for your new barstool?