Routine. We all have one.
I hastily turn off my alarm clock at 5am, hit the gym, hop in the shower, and start my daily mantra before work, “Today will be a good day.”
I grab a shake from the refrigerator, turn on a single light for Lacy, and lock the door, triple checking to make sure it is indeed locked. OCD much?
I believe I have a routine for every activity I engage in. I also believe I’m not the only one. As comforting as routines make our lives, how do we know when we need a change? Do routines limit us from trying new things and exploring our adventurous side?
I can understand both answers “yes” and “no” when it comes to this question. On the one hand, routines may seem limiting. We get so caught up in our day-to-day doings that we sometimes forget how much more is out there. It is entirely possible to lose that sense of being adventurous and carefree.
On the other hand, routines have the ability to open up new possibilities. Maybe an activity in your normal routine can lead to what may seem like an insignificant moment, when really it is one to get your mind revved up and your carefree spirit rolling. For instance, if you enjoy running (as I so do) and the weather is beautiful, you may decide to run outside. This small change allows your routine to continue uninterrupted, just with an adventurous kick.
So the next time you feel bored or like you’ve fallen into a rut, pick yourself up and try something new. The least you can do for yourself is explore what life has to offer. In the end, what do you really have to lose?