Time and again, we find ourselves caught up in routine. You go to school everyday, create presentations everyday, cook everyday, or do anything everyday, everyday makes it boring and terrible. You start hating it. You start missing semicolons, become irritable, add extra salt, misplace important documents because your mind is tired and uninterested in the routine. If I drop an ice cube in your shirt, you do a reflex action. If you stay put for 1 minute, your body would no longer react as badly. That's the thing with routine, your mind and body start developing blind spots. You do things but your mind is virtually absent.
It is your responsibility to give your mind and body "the new" not everyday but every now and then. It keeps you and all your senses awake. It could be white water rafting, rock climbing, selling your artwork in the street, talking to a random person in a park, cooking the cuisine you never did, playing a sport you never did, wearing something you never did. Being crazy, being silent, being solo, being in a group, being opposite of what you are, what you always do.
I had a terrible desk job.where I worked 12 hours everyday. The cafeteria was at 10th floor. One day I went to the cafeteria window after looking at my computer screen for 9 hours. I could see mountains around the horizon, and I felt pain in my forehead. A weird pain, maybe because my eyes had become habitual of not seeing beyond the screen 30 inches away. It felt great looking 30 km off, the pain soothed the senses somehow.
|Hills, clouds, and a new view, en route Hogenakkal Falls, Tamil Nadu|
When your eyes are ruled
by screens more than star streams
When your ears are plugged
by phones more than sea screams
When your skin is touched
by conditioned air more than cold breeze
When your mind is occupied
by routine more than daydreams
Put your daily alarm to snooze
Let your cold feet touch wet gravel
Even without a plan
go, just go, travel
When you will come back
with tired feet and torn shoes
Your eyes would begin to see more
Every breath you will live more
Traveling and breaking free from routine helps you see the everyday world differently. Yeah, that includes your boring presentation too.