Fortune Cookie Life Lesson #6

It takes guts to get out of ruts.

Do you wake up everyday unmotivated and feel like all your days are the same. Your days seem to mesh together, and you feel as if you are on the path to nowhere. Well, you might have found yourself in a rut. A rut is when a person’s life is uneventful with the same old things that happen every day. Many times those of us in a groove will be bored out of our minds with zero motivation to do anything new and exciting. What once may have given us excitement in our lives is now barely getting us out of bed.

1. What causes us to have ruts?

Many things can cause us to have ruts in our lives. If we think about our daily routines, many of them are uneventful and repetitive. Most of us get up, go to work, come home, and go to bed. This cycle of life can be very daunting and if we can’t find ways to add some flair we all might become zombies. My day is extremely predictable. I am a stay at home mom, so I get up and get started with my morning routine. It usually consists of getting things cleaned up, preparing lunch, and getting my kiddos ready. Since I homeschool, we have a method that includes morning classes, and lunch followed by afternoon get-togethers which the kiddos play, and I get to work on the blog. When that is over it is usually preparing dinner, cleaning up, and of course getting to bed all so this can be diligently repeated the next day. Exciting right? When all we do is the same thing every single day that can bring up feelings of boredom. It leaves us wanting more, and we feel as if our days are wasting away.

2. When do ruts happen?

Ruts happen because we are a creature of habit. Habits can be great, and it keeps us going. Unfortunately, some practices can get tedious, and even a few small changes in our daily routine can brighten our day. Ruts also happen because we are comfortable where we are. If our lives are predictable, then we have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately that kind of safety net can also create a sense of wanting more. Earlier I talked about my repetitions in my daily living, and I had decided to take this head-on. I wasn’t looking for anything drastic I just wanted to try something new or do something out of the ordinary. I decided that I wanted to start taking daily walks outside. These walks didn’t have to be long even as short as 15 minutes it was just something new that I wasn’t doing every day. I love the outdoors and like to hike, but unfortunately, I can’t get out very often so I thought if I began to walk the fresh air would do me some good. It has I noticed that walking had improved my mood, and I like to walk halfway through the day as it is a perfect break for me from all the excitement that goes on at home. Sometimes I walk alone and can think about things that I may want to accomplish or even take time not to think at all and just breathe. There are also times my oldest likes to walk with me, and we can have great conversations. It helps me to stay connected with my family as well. By adding something new to my rut, I can enjoy my time more. Simple changes to one’s day can create contentment that they would not experience otherwise.

3. What can we do to stay out of ruts?

Go out and experience new things. Getting out and enjoying your life rather than sitting and waiting for change to come to you is just not going to happen. The only person that can make it happen is you. Find a new hobby or learn a new skill. Cooking is fun and learning to cook new things can be a great way to deal with stress, and you might even notice a slimmer waistline. I love yoga and recommend it to anyone that would like to add something new to their routine. Yoga taught me a lot about myself and how to slow down and enjoy what is around me. It is a practice that keeps on giving.

Why does it take guts to get out of ruts? We merely like to be comfortable. Change can be terrifying for some of us and if we have our routine nothing new will be around the corner. Fear of the unknown can hold people back and therefore we get stuck in that rut. Deciding to do something out of the ordinary gives life a little meaning. Life is what we make of it, and if we are stuck in a rut we can control what we do with that rut.


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