Living Life In Autopilot
Have you ever driven to work and completely zoned out, and suddenly you’re back in the moment and unsure how you were changing gears, or safely getting around that big roundabout with 7 exits..
I’ve been living in autopilot. Every day seems to be the same old routine. Wake up, shower, breakfast, find an OOTD and get to work.. You get the gist. I’ve become so complacent with the way things have been that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be spontaneous..
When was the last time you did something completely different outside of your day to day activities?
I try to plan ahead so that I have things to look forward to. I try to anticipate good weather, so that I can book time off and see places which I wouldn’t usually get time to explore.
I sometimes forget that the reason I work is to save for the things I want to achieve in life. Whether it is a house, a car, that long haul holiday.. It’s always “another day, another dollar” at the back of my mind. I find myself thinking, when was the last time I put my life and my ambitions first?
I have a bucket list of things to do before 30, and with 3 years left, it scares me that I’m not even close to having a quarter of it ticked off. Don’t get me wrong, I’m incredibly grateful to have a great, rewarding job that also pays the bills, but I know I’m way too comfortable where I am. I know money makes the world go round (yaaas girl preach), but my work/life balance is anything but balanced.
We change all the time. There are so many constants in life that I am grateful for; my home, food on the table and being able to have little luxuries without thinking too deeply into it. Yet, it’s okay to want to build something new and develop into a different, better version of yourself.
This quarantine has made me realise that a lack of routine makes me feel uneasy. I’m used to things being a certain type of way. Life is constantly filled with twists and turns and we all need to be prepared to weather whichever storm is coming next.
Post quarantine, I’m going to listen to my body. If my body is telling me it needs rest, I’m going to stop and slow down. I’m going invest more time into the things I love. I’m going to try and adapt my working life so that I have small goals to look forward too. I’m going to skip making time for things that drain my energy and most importantly, I’m going to focus on the things that excite me.
Having a career and a job is a part of life. It’s healthy for our minds (and our bank accounts). That doesn’t mean that we are stuck to a routine of working 9 to 5 and adapting this around our hobbies & relationships. It doesn’t have to be the same old, same old, autopilot routine. When was the last time you went into work and asked for a new challenge? Outside of working life, when was the last time you thought about learning something new?
We only ever become as complacent as we allow ourselves to be. From the top of my head, I can’t actually remember the last time I did something fun & spontaneous. Life is for living and am I really living mine to it’s full extent?
This strange time has taught me how precious & wonderful life really is. There’s so much of the world that is waiting to be seen and there is lots more to explore once the quarantine is over. I’ve spent all of this time feeling disconnected and not paying attention to the beauty of it all. I’m grateful to be alive. I’m grateful for the opportunities, the ability to explore, the ability to become a different version of myself. Think about the skills you were given and how you can contribute them to make the world a better place.
Always remember that every single day we wake up with a second chance to be a different version of ourselves. Utilise the opportunity to do better and be a better version of you.