It's taken me awhile, but I'm learning about the value of breaking out of routine. For many years, I've embraced the comfort of doing the same thing over and over (whether in career or hobbies), mainly due to how jarring it can be to face change.
But now as a full-time freelance writer and arts educator, I'm embracing change, rather than the usual 9 to 5 life. And it's rewarding beyond what I expected. I'm loving every day that has me doing something different than the day before. My fear of change has been replaced by a new fear of routine.
Of course, when we condition ourselves to automate certain parts of our lives, there's no need to reverse that behaviour. I'm a fan of making a routine out of breakfast, so I don't have to spent too much mental energy on overhauling that healthy trend. There can be value in the steady routine of working out or playing sports (God, I love me my Wednesday bball!).
But more often than not, breaking out of routine can be life-altering and inspiring. New experiences help us grow. Meeting new people invigorate our brains. And that's why I'll be taking improv lessons this year, and why I've gone swimming more than ever this year. And that's why I'm blogging this year, too, because it's a practise I've never really engaged in whole-heartedly and it's cathartic to share what I've learned with others.
So what routine do you want to break out of, or what have you embraced that's feeding you mentally or soulfully?
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