The Undeniable Routine of Life and TravelPosted on Aug 9, 2011 | 12 comments
I tried. I really did. But in the end - FAILURE!
When I started this website I kind of fell in love with the idea of killing my routine. I wanted to ditch all the confines of the daily rituals I had been habitually performing my entire life and just start living by the seat of my pants. I wanted to just go with what the day offered up - live in the moment. Work when I wanted to work. Play when I wanted to play. Eat when I wanted to eat.
Forget the clocks. Forget the planner. Forget the routine.
What a stupid idea! Seriously. The dumbest idea of all time.
I had that rush of freedom for a while, but inevitably my vices and nature caught up with me. And I burnt out.
Sure, it's a sweet idea. Everyone wants to just go the way the wind blows. But eventually the wind starts gusting at 80 clicks and you wind up being scraped off the side of a building. Spontaneity can be really messy once you have kids and commitments.
I think it's time to give in and pull that old day planner out from the ashes.
We are creatures of habit, both good and bad. All creatures are. In order to succeed in life we need routines. If we kill them, we often end up killing ourselves. If I don't have something that helps put the good habits to work, the bad habits just end up kicking my ass.
We can all go to Vegas for a few days and pretend that time is nothing and the moment is all, but try doing that for week and see how you feel.
Travel and life have a lot in common when it comes to routines. I think most of us like to think of travel as an escape from the routine, a break from the daily, grinding rituals. But travel is not an escape! A vacation, now maybe that is an escape, but travel is certainly no vacation. Travel is a way of life. And in life we need to have those rituals and routines to keep us from working ourselves silly and making a bunch of excuses to let the simple stuff slide.
I suppose this may not be the case for all of you. I suppose some of you may have some special gene that keeps you on the path and in perfect balance. I don't have that gene. I need a routine. No way I can spend quality time with my family, teach my kids, write, eat, stay healthy, have fun, breath, socialize and sleep without one.
So, considering our family's quest to travel forever, I figured I would take some time to come up with a routine that would not only work for me now, but continue once we start traveling. A little self-imposed scheduling to get myself back on track and get our family ready for the great adventure. I am going to start plotting out my little routine right away.
But I am curious.
How do all you world travelers and perfectionists do it?
Do you have a travel routine?
A homeschooling routine?
An exercise routine?
A blogging routine?
Whatever you got that can help get this boy back on the path is much appreciated.
And if anyone has any ideas as to what I should do about that ridiculous mantra that is now pointlessly placed at the top of your screen, please feel free to share!
All The Best in Your Adventures!
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