I hate to say this, but if you look at my own life, you might think it’s almost like an existential crisis. I get up and almost always do the same stuff every day, especially on weekdays when I have school. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I get up between 5:45 and 6 in the morning, hop on the bus to get to English class, then after class I either go to work if I’m scheduled to or I hang out with friends at school or go home and do homework. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I get up and go to Biology class, then either go to work if I’m scheduled to, or hang out with friends at school, or go home and do homework. I meet up with the same people on a regular basis, keep a loose schedule or a tight one depending on the day, and do the same tasks over and over again.
You might think I’m depressed because of this way of thinking. I would like to point out that that’s not the case at all. I’m not depressed, I just recognize the repetitive nature of life itself. It’s not that I don’t enjoy doing most of the things I do day after day (I love talking and hanging out with my friends any time we can and I get to have a friend over on special occasions), it’s just that I recognize that I go through the same experiences day after day. Get up, go to school, stay and hang out or go to work, and do homework at home or watch videos or read until it’s time you (finally) decide that you should go to bed.
Repetition in life actually does tend to make you feel depressed. You can grow bored with all the same stuff you have to do to the point where you just don’t care anymore. Despite this, it’s important to take a step back and look at what kind of special moments may be planted in your day that you didn’t really give much thought to before.
1. There are actually more little surprises and special moments during the day then you might think, it just takes a little bit of searching. It could be a small moment that’s easy to miss or you don’t end up thinking about it much at all. In my opinion, you can never stop learning something new about someone, and that includes friends. Friends have the tendency to surprise you when you least expect it, and it deepens relationships and manipulates them in certain directions that God is in control of. You may also end up learning something about yourself through experiences that you normally don’t go through…
2. …Which is important to remember, because no matter how much ‘sameness’ is in your life, you always have the ability to learn something new. Whether it’s doing research on something that has piqued your interest, or learning new things about yourself or others, there’s always something new to learn. This allows you to expand your horizons in life and make it feel a bit more interesting.
3. The little moments we experience in our day-to-day routine can prepare us for something larger that God has in store for us. I’ve gone through experiences in the past that I believe I was meant to go through, and it’s all part of my growth and development as a person, and the most exciting part is that they can be helping me prepare myself for bigger things to come. I know I like to talk a lot about ‘moments’ and ‘hope for the future’ in my articles, but these are things I tend to think about a lot, and they’re a great help in getting me through each day knowing that the best is yet to come. One last thing I should mention is that a good suggestion is to ask God at the beginning of the day what He wants you to do that day. What is His purpose for you on that particular day? He might really have a great surprise for you if you’re willing to seek Him out. What are some little moments you’ve experienced in your own life that separate themselves from your normal routine?