While we’ve been traveling over the past week I’ve dropped most of my routines. It’s ahhh-mazing to be here but there is a part of me that needs to experience something familiar, something that feels like home.
I have been wondering why I’ve felt this way with all this exploring and fabulous new territory, especially since it’s one of my most favourite things to do.
We are creatures of habit. Change can be challenging…it can be fun and exciting if you’re up to it, but challenging all the same.
I believe we are like the ocean. We need the ebb and flow of life to make us feel alive. Too much routine can feel tedious and boring while too much change can tip us over the edge and turn us into a crazy person.
The balance between routine and change is the same of the ebb and flow of the ocean.
When you experience change it’s exhilarating, interesting and consuming and routine is a place to retreat to allow the newness to seep into your bones, giving you a sense of familiarity and knowing.
If you’ve ever started a new job you’ll known what I mean.
The first few weeks are uncomfortable as hell. New people, new environment, new protocols, new office jargon, not to mention the new skills you are learning. It’s tiring but you choose to do it to grow, progress and challenge yourself.
But oh the feeling of walking into your home in the evening is bliss. Shedding your work clothes and slipping into a pair of yoga pants, grabbing a hug from your nearest and dearest…there’s nothing quite like it. The familiar comfort that soothes your soul.
I like travel to this. Exploring a new country, new language, new food, new environment and way of living is as much change as you can get in one hit. It’s exciting and the learning is fast paced. But there is nothing like retreating back to the comfort of a routine that is so familiar it doesn’t take much brain power. For me, things like yoga, a cup of tea, or meditation are so familiar it’s easy to rest and rejuvenate.
It’s simple and there is something powerful about a routine that you know by heart.
I believe in ebb and and flow although I also believe we fight for one or the other. Now is the time to realise that we need both, to feel alive. Embrace routine and change. Let them walk hand in hand beside you and let them both be partners in your magnificent journey.
Sending you love,