“Slow down and enjoy the journey”
The words of Joel Osteen that (once again) are putting some shape to my thoughts on redefining routine for myself in 2011.
Judging from the bevy of comments on this post, I take away some things that I want to take into consideration to redefine my routine for 2011, since we all know it will change completely come January 3 (hello new job!), in particular.
…routine doesn’t have to mean regimented.
…life doesn’t give a shit about my routine, so sometimes it’s *okay* to let life happen.
…letting go of routine doesn’t mean loss of stability or control (and what’s wrong with letting some of that go sometimes, too?)
…I can have my routine and let M in too. Doesn’t mean I have to let go of one, to have the other. It’s about embracing each other’s routine and adapting.
…prioritize the most important parts of routine and let go of the rest sometimes. Doesn’t mean all or nothing.
…life is short, don’t take for granted those in your life in favor of routine (this goes back to ‘life doesn’t give a shit about my routine’).
…and finally? wipe the routine slate clean, it’s a new year, let’s start fresh.
I couldn’t agree more or thank you all for your varying degrees of some similar themes. I can’t take for granted what I have in favor of routine…it’s okay to slow down sometimes and just enjoy it, rather than worrying about that missed workout or cleaning the house, or whatever it may be.
Routine? Well, I’ll still have it, but it’ll just need some redefining in spots. And that’s okay.
Life is going to fly into high gear come January 3, as I fly out to Costa Mesa for a week of training and orientation at my new job, and I just need to realize that my life is going to look completely different than it has in the last few years (hell, the last 8 1/2 work-wise!) and I need to be okay with that.
It’s going to be scary.
It’s going to be exhilerating.
It’s going to be hard.
But it’s going to be worth it because it’s taking me out of my comfort zone and into a new challenge.
Routine, be damned. (whether I like it or not!).