One of the challenges as a parent, and indeed, as a participant in this world, is making the choice between the comfort of routine and the zen of going with the flow. As you would have undoubtedly experienced, most of us live somewhere in between these two ideals.
Routine: a sequence of actions regularly followed.
As a young person, I clung to routine as I planned my life fastidiously. In retrospect, I did that in the attempt to control the chaos that was my family situation. As young parents, we decided to try the go with the flow approach: eat, sleep, do pretty much everything as and when it suited us and the children. I find myself in an interesting place in my life now: the lifestyles of those around me necessitate some routine (as their chauffeur & meal preparer), but as I am retired, most of the day is my own. With some degree of structure to my days/weeks/months, I enjoy the process of taking diversions, changing plans, and making things up as I go.
One routine that has emerged in recent years is to spend time in exercise. Most of these outings are spent alone, but sometimes, I disrupt the routine to share it with friends & family. July was a month of visits & travel with family; while bonding and precious, it was a whirlwind which left me quite depleted. These past weeks in August has been about reacquainting myself with nature and breathing in The Green; a time of rejuvenation.
Do you prefer routine? or to go with the flow? or a little of both?
This is written in response to the following challenges:
- Debbie’s One Word Sunday Challenge: Routines. (The things that keep us sane)
- Frank Janson’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Scenes (Nature in Singapore)
- The Changing Seasons, hosted by Su Leslie (Reconnecting with The Green)
As I cobble these thoughts together, I listen to Holtz’ Jupiter, from a work I enjoy so much, The Planets. The carefree journey he takes us on, swelling to exuberance, captures a great deal of how I feel when I am on the trail. Enjoy!
Feature Photo: taken at MacRitchie Reservoir Park, on a run with Loving Husband.