The Book of Me – Written by You is a weekly blog prompt created by Julie Goucher of the blog Angler’s Rest. This is a fifteen month writing project to highlight my life so that I will have something to leave behind for my descendants. Week twenty two’s prompt is Daily routines.
Do you have a daily routine?
- Did your parents? Grandparents?
- Why did they (or you ) have this routine?
- Where did this routine take place?
- Structure – Is this important to you? or your family?
Life IS routine and humans are creatures of habit. We thrive on routine. It is amazing how one little thing can upset a person’s routine. The sun hurls its way around the Milky Way. The earth spins on its axis around the sun. The moon waxes and wanes. Our ancestors lived, died, and continued the species. But if I don’t have my cup of tea in the morning, things just aren’t the same.
I honestly don’t know much about the routines of my parents and grandparents. I know my dad writes in his journal every day. My mom is very religious so she attends church every week. When I was younger and visiting my grandparents, my grandfathers always seemed to take a nap after lunch. The daily ins and outs of my grandparents’ lives are pretty much a mystery to me. I haven’t cohabitated with my parents for a very long time or lived significantly close enough to them to really know the intricate details of their daily lives either.
My routines have evolved and changed over the years. When I was in school, my routines were different than they are now. I am not sure when my morning tea habit began but it was probably during my college years. Now my daily routines revolve around my children and their school schedules as well as my own school employment. We are slaves to the education system. There are times when I really want to rebel from the daily grind but I don’t. I just look forward to the next vacation (which is in April by the way!) when we can sleep in and eat as we please.
Presently, I think of routine and structure as the same thing. On many levels, our routines and structured activities are important aspects of our lives. Is there an alternative? Being late to school or skipping work, incomplete homework or bad grades, lack of sleep, dirty laundry or dishes, going hungry because you didn’t cook a meal? There are consequences for not following the routine. As long as the sun keeps rising and setting every day, routines are inescapable. But they do change and evolve, so there is hope that we won’t always be stuck with the same old routines. Just stay away from my tea though.
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