So I just got back from my two week long vacation and, man, am I tired. Traveling across multiple cities in Vietnam and Thailand can definitely put a toll on your body mentally as well as physically. Simply, I’m getting old.
But it made me sit back and think about what that freedom offered me. It was nice to just do something fun, see new things, and not have to worry about waking up to go to work the very next day.
By the end of the trip, I felt the longing to return home to the comforts of my bed and apartment. I wanted to touch, feel, see, and know the things I have grown accustomed to.
But what I come to realize now is how much I detest the routine I’m in. Wake up at 5:45am, report and do mandatory exercises from 6:30-7:30am, then work from 9:30-4:30pm. Rinse and repeat. Every day.
It’s so repetitive. Life isn’t meant to be like this.
I can’t see myself doing this for 40+ years.
Our minds naturally tell us to seek exotic lands and explore new places, but our bodies will soon age and start the downward spiral of old age. But we still need to wake our asses up and head to work due to the many responsibilities that life throws our way.
By the end of the day, our exhaustion makes us long to just sit and do nothing. We end up whittling away what little time we have left watching drivel on television or social media.
Just sit back and watch others (or yourself) and you’ll see what I’m referring to.
We no longer seek to improve our mind and body. We begin to settle.
As Newton’s First Law states, “an object in motion stays in motion.” That’s why it’s important that we force ourselves out of our comfort zones and do things that are different from our lazy routines. We need to keep our bodies and minds moving so we don’t get stuck in a state of inertia.
Once you get stuck, it’s difficult to become un-stuck. So the goal will be prevention; don’t get stuck in the first place.
Continue to seek improvements. Read some books, pick up some new hobbies. Get out there and see the world before it’s too late.
The time is now.