Breaking Mediocrity–Here’s a snippet of a conversation from a while back:
Me: “Routine is needed but it perpetuates mediocrity and leaves little room for spontaneous activity. Mediocrity and vanilla drives me bonkers. This is truly a catch-22.”
E: “Yes, I think it’s the dilemma of the human condition: we work to get routine then we look for every opportunity to break it.”
We work (and work) longer hours, for more years than ever and many times, we question what we have to show for it. It pays the bills (sometimes barely), but often leaves us unfulfilled. So we volunteer to give back which is always rewarding, but takes more of our time. Then there are the children’s schedules, the everyday errands, running a household, etc. By the time we do sit down, we either pass out cold or are so tired that we can’t turn off our brains and we are already stressing about the next day or week.
E: “I’m convinced that the enormous amount of distraction and external stimuli we experience in our daily lives is overwhelming, leading to increased depression, anxiety and other emotional & behavioral issues. I am not certain if any studies have been done, but I question if we have exceeded our physical capabilities to adapt–yet we are drawn to our electronics like a moth to a flame.”
Me: “Stop the madness!”
Have you been in a funk recently? They can hit hard. It might be work, hormonal, family, endless housework, or, if you’re like me, sometimes, it’s just not being able to shut off the [chaotic] brain. Some of it is feeling guilty when we want or need to throw some “me time” into life. The head and heart know that self care is critical whether it’s reading, sitting in silence, trying to mediate or going out with friends. And we know that we should not carry guilt for wanting and needing that. It’s just difficult to do.
Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes, writes: “I am two women: one wants to have all the joy, passion and adventure that life can give me. The other wants to be a slave to routine, to family life, to the things that can be planned and achieved. I am a housewife and a wanderer, both of us living in the same body and doing battle with each other.”
Today, let’s choose that we will not carry guilt for wanting and needing to do a thing or two for ourselves. We also will not let others make us feel bad for wanting or needing this. These are quite possibly the same people who are simply settling. It’s time to break mediocrity!
Falling into a monotonous routine is simply speeding up the aging and death process (click here to read the series Live Like We’re Dying). Life is meant to be experienced and lived to its fullest. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be on my death bed and be the person who says “I wish I done this and not spent so much time in a mundane routine.” I don’t want regrets.
Breaking Mediocrity starts today! Each day, let’s pledge to do at least one thing out of the normal routine; something that sparks curiosity, ignites a fire in my soul, makes me laugh and brings me joy!
The challenge is on: let’s all slide into heaven saying we lived life well!
Originally published 9/25/16