I really like sequential contrasts.
For example, I typically like savory dishes followed by dessert. The dessert tastes better to me because it was proceeded by something salty, spicy, or plain.
Keeping this in mind, I recently started doing something that I really enjoy. It’s been bitter cold in St. Louis, and when possible, I stay indoors. However, there are certain times that I need to dash outside for a few minutes, like to take out the trash.
To make these frigid dashes more enticing, I’ve been timing them so that my shower for the day immediately follows the dash. I think it may have started out as a coincidence, but now it’s become a purposeful habit. It’s fantastic.
It actually reminds me of my college days when I’d go snowboarding over spring break. I had the good fortune of knowing someone with a slope-side lodge in Breckenridge, and we’d all dash from the snow into the hot tub multiple times. The contrast made the reward of the hot tub all the more special.
Do you enjoy sequential contrasts? Do you go out of your way to make them happen?