Before leaving the states Chase and myself felt as though we had fallen in a rut. Each day was exactly the same as the one before; nothing new or exciting. Our days looked like this: gym, shower, breakfast/coffee, walk Jakers, work, walk Jakers, dinner, one television show (sometimes), walk Jakers one last time, bed. Then we would wake up and start the process all over again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m someone who thrives on routine and I honestly do love a schedule. However, this one had just become monotonous. We were just going through the motions of life but not exactly living it.
Fast forward to now, almost five months later. We’ve visited several places, tasted various foods, met numerous folks, and experienced several modes of transportation. Most days are packed full of complete and utter chaos. But you want to know the strange part? There has been monotony in that, as well. It sounds like an oxymoron, I know. We had woken up early, gotten in a short workout, cold shower, quick breakfast, packed, walked to the bus station, and crammed onto a mini-bus. That’s when I came to this realization. We hadn’t escaped mundane, we had only added in some chaos, with Asian flair.
At first, this thought made me feel somewhat grim. We had come all of this way yet there was still a humdrum, unchanged feeling to each day. Thankfully, my positive outlook prevailed, like it has so many times before. Life is exactly what we make it. I can be bummed about yet another hot and stinky bus ride or excited that I get to make new friends. I can be frustrated that there’s never any healthy food choices or devour the delectable street food while it’s around. I can be annoyed by a cold shower or somehow convince myself that it’s good for me and the planet. (Cold showers = less water used.)
I’m going to attempt to be better at this from now on, accepting the monotony. I’m going to work harder at being content, yet not complacent. I’m going to try to be thankful for moments of peace during times that may seem dull and excited during moments that may seem crazy. Life is so short and I want to love every second of it I can. Care to join me?