There is a monotony that can creep into our lives if we let it in. When weeks, months, and even years go by without an interruption to the routine, you’ll inevitably find yourself asking, “What am I doing with my life?”
Do you have mornings where your feet hit the ground and rather than feeling excited about the prospect of a new day, you dread doing the “same old same old”? It’s like you feel twice as heavy on Monday morning than you did two days before at the beginning of your free Saturday.
I’d venture to say, in many cases, it’s not that your circumstances are the absolute worst. You very simply might just be overdue for a break, a retreat, an interruption to the daily grind that’s costing your soul a little bit every day.
I’m one of those people who has read the book and watched the movie “Into the Wild” at least ten times. I cue it every time I start to feel caged, restless, in need of an adventure.
For those who haven’t read or seen it, it’s about a college grad abandoning all societal expectations to the live in wilderness of Alaska. The story tracks his solo quest (and eventual demise—spoiler alert) and the life lessons he picks up on the way. He concludes, “Happiness is only real when shared.”
From that story, author John Krakauer writes,
“The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
I’m not going to lie, I’ve been feeling a little heavier when my feet hit the floor most mornings lately. I sense not only a lack of enthusiasm but also a deep desire to seek new experiences, an “endlessly changing horizon.”
And don’t worry, I’m not quitting my job and abandoning all obligations to drive across the country while writing a book, as tempting as that sometimes sounds. I guess I’m just really, really excited to be entering back into a season of travel soon.
Maybe you’re in that exciting phase right now, where every day you’re full of energy and a determination to seize everything good. Maybe you’re not, though, and if that’s you, for the sake of your sanity, make a change.
Plan a trip. Take a day/week/month/year off. Go hiking. Get in the car and drive. Use that PTO that’s been accruing for far too long. Work will always be waiting. Life is too short for bad priorities.