We all have some sort of routine in our lives. We may have routines that take us through the morning, the whole day or even longer. We all get set in those particular routines and it can be hard to veer off that path. However, I learned from my daughter that it’s okay to steer a different direction once in a while. It can actually be a good, healthy, fun thing to do.
I have a pretty set routine during the week. I work 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. After work I come home, relax for just a bit by doing a little writing. I then make dinner, watch some TV, and then head off to bed by 10pm so I can rise early and do it all again. Quite a routine, isn’t it? Sound familiar?
My teenage daughter likes to keep busy and do things. She likes it best when we are constantly moving rather than sitting around. I tell her it is because she has a lot more energy than me and because she does not know what it is like to work 40+ hours per week. I do not like to go out anywhere after I get home from work. But lately she has been trying more and more to get me out of this routine.
Although I do enjoy relaxing and trying to recoup after a day’s work; I have to admit I am now veering off my routine a bit to do things with my daughter. Going out to dinner during the work week, doing some shopping after work, or just being out after dark on a Tuesday are all breaks from the routine. And you know what? It’s not so tough, it’s not so bad – it’s actually nice and it’s actually relaxing too!
She tries the same thing with me on the weekends and I cannot blame her for trying. Spending weekends doing chores or yard work is not exactly fun. So, I now try to use one day to work around the house or yard and the other day to get out and do something fun. I feel it is a good compromise and it works for us.
So, the moral of my story is that my daughter has taught me it is okay to break from the routine. It’s actually better than okay – it’s fun!