Going through the motions

 

 

 

 

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So wander away…;-)

So, I have a bad habit…

When life switches things up and I’m forced into a new routine, a new experience, a new anything, I tend to iron out the kinks that it caused and then I go on a sort of autopilot mode as I tackle the newness. Unfortunately, that leaves me two months in to a new work schedule (night shift!) and a new school schedule (grad school..eek!) and I feel like I’m just going through the motions. I get my assignments done, I show up to work on time, I get the laundry and cleaning done, I take the dogs out and feed them and so on, but I don’t feel like I’m actually living.

Does anyone else have this problem? Do you find yourself going through the motions as if you’re stuck in the movie Groundhog Day? If so, how did you get out of it?

I am a planner. If I am running into a store for 5 minutes or for an hour, I have a list. When I decide to take a vacation there are numerous lists: things to do before, after and during, packing lists, shopping lists, activity lists, etc. So, my approach to getting out of this rut is to write it out, create a few lists and go from there because a life on autopilot is not a real life at all. I see patients fighting for their lives every day on my hospital floor and here I am, zombie-like, unaware of what I’m missing.

My plan…ish is to take each day and do something meaningful. It could be as simple as spending more time adding the personal touches to my nursing care while at work or playing with the dogs more, or it could be something bigger, like taking my mother out for a girls’ day. I want to enjoy life, explore my city and the world and strengthen old (and hopefully new!!) relationships with those around me.

I have seen some amazing monthly blog challenges floating around and I am on the search for one for March that has something to do with appreciating life, gaining experiences, etc. Any one have a suggestion?

Enjoy today and tell the ones you love that you care.