Humanity is so interesting, isn’t it?
Working in customer-service allows me to constantly meet and observe new people which is absolutely fascinating. Every person that I encounter has their own life, family, friends, beliefs, likes/dislikes, goals, aspirations, and routines <— which is exactly what I want to discuss today.
I think most people fall into one of two categories: those who let routine control their life and those who let life control their routine. Follow? Let me explain…
So many of us (myself included) love and rely on our specific routines. We’re creatures of habit and changing up our day-to-day life can be overwhelming. Personally, I spent years doing the same things, in the same order, every day. It was comfortable and I thought I was being “responsible” by living this way. Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with schedules and routines- they’re necessary!- but we also can’t let that stand in the way of new experiences. When new opportunities present themselves, we should take advantage. When life changes, we must learn to adjust.
The past week has been the perfect example of how far I’ve come in regards to my fear of change. My sister stayed with me all week and on Friday my mom, grandparents, uncle, cousin and an old high school friend came down for the weekend. I still worked quite a bit throughout the week/weekend, but other than that, my ‘routine’ was thrown out the window and I loved it.
Finding balance is crucial in every area of life, this one included. I’m beginning to discover that my personal bliss exists when I maintain a balance of freedom and structure. Thanks to my Type A personality, that’s not always easy, but the benefits are definitely worth the challenge.
So, find your own freedom and don’t live your life on repeat. I promise that you’ll find more joy within yourself and in the world around you when you constantly fill your days with something new.
Here’s to throwing our planners out the window every once in a while…