Happy New Year, 69ers! *stunned silence* “Dude, that was like weeks ago.” Actually, only seven days ago, but it already feels like weeks, doesn’t it? What’s up with that? Bear with me and I’ll tell you.
Hands up all those who ended 2012 wondering where the year went. Or thinking how time flies and seems to be getting faster and faster and faster. I read a study (or it could have been a book) that explained the feeling and phenomenon. The author/s and title escape me (searching for it as we speak), but the explanation went something like this:
The more you do of the same old same old, the less spice and variety you have in your life, the faster time seems to go because events and experiences bleed into one. Moments replicate themselves, in daily life, during holidays, when you’re celebrating. Birthdays, Christmas, New Year’s… Reruns of reruns of reruns. Soon, you’re standing in the corner of Routine and Rut and it doesn’t really matter which you take, nothing new awaits you down the road.
I value customs and traditions. They give you a sense of history and continuity. Having kids, I certainly value routines. They mean order and predictability. Most of the time… But I recognize that sinking where-did-the-day-week-month-year-go feeling. And I don’t make resolutions at New Year’s but could all of you who recognize that feeling too do something for me or rather themselves this year, so it doesn’t get away?
Find something that disturbs the repetitiveness. If not daily then at least once a week, or at the very least once a month. Preferably something that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg so you can keep doing it no matter what. Sky and Em had some great ideas, as did Jasmine. Something, anything, you know you’ll enjoy. By all means, seize the moment, live in the here and now, but I believe you should always have something to look forward to, as well. Right now, I’m looking forward to this sort of scenery.
You did spot a beach, somewhere in the background? Routines can eat monkey wrench, two weeks from now, I’ll be on an adventure. The lovely Layna has promised to cover for me on the 23rd, so be sure to stop by! And have you told anyone who’ll listen about the awesome giveaway we’re doing? We ended the year in a giving spirit and we’re starting the year with more of the same, so how’s that for a routine? I say it pays to visit regularly, you never know what we’re up to!
Now go make mischief! Go mess with monotony!! Go make January a most sexcellent month. Muah.