There’s nothing like getting a fresh perspective on the familiar to reignite appreciation and wonder for the beauties we too often take for granted.
My husband Tomás and I had that experience this past summer when we got a new view of one of our favorite cities, Sevilla (Seville) in southern Spain.
Sevilla is the capital city of the province where my husband spent the first 26 years of his life, and our most-frequented metropolis whenever we go back to visit family several times a year. We adore Sevilla, but over the years we’d gotten comfortable with it, in a nice-to-see-you-don’t-even-ask-what’s-new kind of way.
Until last June, when a rambling stroll (a good idea in itself!) led us to Metropol Parasol, a huge wooden structure in the center of Sevilla that includes an archaeological museum, a public plaza, a farmer’s market, and – our favorite – an amazing rooftop walkway offering an unmatchable panoramic view of the city.
Metropol Parasol was originally destined to be a parking garage, but when they began construction, remains of ancient Roman houses were revealed, which halted work and led to the new plan to turn this site into an archaeological museum.
Metropol Parasol is more affectionately known as Las Setas, or the mushrooms. Can you see why in the picture below?
The top-level scenic outlook provides a brand-new 360 degree perspective of this historic city. Seeing some of our favorite places, like the Cathedral and Giralda, from a different standpoint really renewed our appreciation and enjoyment of this city that (we thought) we already knew so intimately.
This month, I challenge you to see your surroundings from a different point of view.
Take a different route to work, to the grocery store, to your home. Sit on the other end of the couch. Take a friend to one of your favorite restaurants, parks, or yoga studios that she’s never been to before, and see it through her eyes.
Living creatively isn’t only about going to new places and doing new things. It’s also about shifting your perspective to see the familiar in a new way, a way that just might lead you to see your world in a whole new light.