Routine is an important skills we are all taught starting at a very young age. As I am getting older though and approaching my late 30s, I wonder what kind of life this leads. Certainly there are healthy practices of routine like having a set bedtime and morning routine to help you get settled into rest or get ready for the day.
But, there are other kinds of routine that, I believe, hinders growth. Like, staying at a career mainly because you know how to do the job and it’s worse when you are good at what you do. But, there is no love. This is where I am with my career, for the past 4 years.
This whole idea and practice of routines came to mind when Leo and I went for a long walk at a new (new to us) park in Ann Arbor this past Labor Day. We didn’t know the trails, but were told there were more than 5 and miles on end. We started on a path and just walked, really not knowing where we were headed. No map, nothing.
What I observed was I took notice of every tree, sound, smell..etc. around me. This was unlike me. I am goal oriented and my eyes are always, only, on the prize. I tend to miss the journey, sadly. During this walk, a small fraction of my day, I was IN THE JOURNEY and it was incredibly good. We were just out there to explore in solitude together, no routine to keep because everything was unfamiliar.
Perhaps GETTING LOST ACTUALLY GIVES US DIRECTION.