Routine Is Our Biggest Enemy

In our twenties, we constantly worry about finding our purpose. In our thirties, we will find whatever that is and either lose it or keep it. Soon enough, we carry on and get comfortable and complacent, putting off our ambitious dreams for something that makes more sense on paper. After that, we will ask ourselves if we’re satisfied with the life we've chosen because we got comfortable with the hand we were dealt. 

Routine is our worst enemy. We've subconsciously memorized how to wake up, punch in, punch out, go to sleep, and wake up the next day just to do it all over again. While theres nothing wrong with abiding by some sort of structure, when we become settled in a routine we're subconsciously living our lives on repeat. Without realizing that time is flying by, someday we will find ourselves wondering where all that time really went. Doing same thing everyday makes us adapt to a cycle, and it makes life less exciting. We unknowingly shut off the parts of our brain that are curious to explore new parts of life. Routine drains away the fascination of the way the world works. We are the sum all of the things we see, places we go, and people we meet, so if we're confined to the same exact things our entire life, well- where's the thrill in that?

There's a reason why everything feels exciting to us when we're children. We are curious and everything is appealing to us. We are exposed to unfamiliar sights, smells, emotions, and sensations and our imaginations run wild. We are constantly exploring every crevice of our minds. When you live by a routine, your life controls you, rather than controlling your life. When we break away from routine we break free from our comfort zone and grow as an individual.

Some people prefer living life by a routine, and that works for them. There's definitely nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it's necessary to detach from a routine in order to discover what your passions are. When you take that leap of faith, you're putting everything on the line as a result and allowing yourself to trust the journey. Take chances. Try new things. Take risks. Travel. Meet people. Do something that scares the absolute crap out of you. You don't want to look back in 30 years and wonder where all that time really went.

No matter how old you are, know that there's always time to do something unexpected, to change your life in ways that you never thought were possible. There's nothing wrong with being comfortable and being familiar with your routine, but you need to shake things up and taking a risk every once in awhile. Think about something substantial in your life that is a part of your active routine. Did it involve taking a risk? Was it once something new and rather scary? Open yourself to change, to make each day different than the next. How do you do this? Never put your dreams to the side, regardless of how ambitious they are, never forget what makes you happy, and live each day like it's your last.

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