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Unpopular Opinion: You Should Stray Away From Your Boring Routine

Shoes at the gym next to weights and headphones

Spring break feels like it’s months away when in reality, it’s probably like next week. It feels like this year has been going on for 6 months… but it’s only February. It also feels like it’s been cold for a year but we’re actually all being dramatic and it’s been like two months. You get the point… Things are feeling a bit repetitive and if you’re like me, every morning you wake up you’re just laying in bed thinking, “Same sh*t, different day.”

If you get what I’m saying then you are probably also feeling a bit stuck in your day-to-day life. Don’t get me wrong, routined lives are literally what we “live” for. Learning how to get in a routine of going to the gym every day or getting into a routine of making your bed every morning is literally one of the best things that you can do for yourself. But, that doesn’t mean you need to fall so deep into your routine that you forget to live your life.

Just because you have the same routine of waking up at “this” time or going to the gym at “this” time, doesn’t mean you can’t switch things up to make your life a little less repetitive and a lot more fun. I don’t know about you, but I constantly fear that if I don’t follow my exact routine by its set schedule, then it’s going to throw me off and eventually I just end up being miserable in the routine that I’ve created for myself.

There are so many things that I missed out on while I was in college because I was addicted to my routine. My friends would ask me if I wanted to go study at Starbucks or hang out at someone’s house but I would always decline the offer because I HAD to go work out at 4 pm. Don’t ask me why I literally picked the middle of my day to go to the gym (dumbest idea ever).

My point is, I was so stuck in my routine of what I was doing that I literally missed out on so many things because I was so scared to stray from my routine. If I had just chosen to go to the gym later that day or maybe earlier in the morning, I literally could have had the best of both worlds. But instead, I got so attached to my routine, that I forgot to just live my life.

So what are we going to do about it? We are going to DO WHAT MAKES US HAPPY.

It literally sounds so cliche but you know that it is true. You need to start making sacrifices that are not only going to make you a better person but a happier one too.

If your friends are all hanging out but you were supposed to go to the gym at the time, create time on that day to allow yourself to take part in both activities. I’m not saying to like ditch the gym or anything but maybe go earlier in the day or after you guys hang out.

If your friends invite you to a last-minute breakfast, but you haven’t completed your morning routine of cleaning your room or doing your skincare routine, GO ANYWAYS! You can always come back home after breakfast and clean up and do the skin care routine. I know it feels scary to tear away from your normal habits but I promise you it is so worth it.

It’s so important to hold yourself accountable for following a routine and doing all of the important tasks that are important to you throughout the day. But, with that being said, you should never let those things take away from the things that make you happy.

We are only young for so long and we deserve to take part in all of the things that make us happy. Obviously, get your work done, get that workout in and keep your space organized, but HAVE FUN TOO. Stop being so hard on yourself and allow yourself the opportunity to enjoy the life that you’ve created for yourself.



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