Sometimes, it still shocks me that I’m already in my second year of college; my freshman year just flew by. At first, I thought it was just fulfilling the old saying: “Time flies when you’re having fun!” But no, that wasn’t it. It was something else. And for the longest time, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I kept shrugging off the fact that life was getting too repetitive because I was genuinely having some fun in college, and I didn’t feel bored too often… but that’s exactly what it was, and I knew it needed to change.
Life is full of routines. It can feel like everyday, you wake up to face the same general schedule with a few changes scattered here and there. You go to class, you do homework, you go to your clubs. Some days might differ from others, but they all can tend to follow the same general routine. And it can be hard to realize that’s a problem. After all, that’s what needs to be done to earn a degree, get a good job, and enjoy life, right? Maybe… but the thing that scares me the most is that the majority of adult life after college is still routine.
If you’re like most of the adult population, it’s inevitable. If you let them, things will just eventually become repetitive and you’ll fall into the same autonomous routine that you’re used to. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and the first step to tackling it is realizing it can become a problem at any time.
If you’re like me, you tend to be antagonistic towards change. A change in your routine, a change the way you do things… and that’s to be expected. It catches your sense of regularity off guard, and throws you for a loop. But facing monotony means embracing change, being open to new ideas, and exploring everything that you can. Keep yourself on your toes by trying new hobbies, and not being afraid to let go of them if you lose interest. Travel as much as you can. Our world is full of wonderful things, and even if you travel all of your life, you’ll only scratch the surface of possibilities. Explore what’s out there, go explore new restaurants (don’t go abandoning dining halls completely, but don’t feel like they’re your only option), go find new museums, go find new places you like to hang out… and find things that make you happy, and make you feel better.
All in all, the most important thing to do to overcome apparent meaningless is to figure out what kind of person you want to be, how you want to live life, what you believe in, and what you think a successful life should accomplish… and then, doing whatever you need to do to fit that image. It sounds hard—and I’m not denying that it can be—but trust me, once you get the momentum going, everything seems to fall into place that much easier. You realize that life isn’t so monotonous after all.