Dictionary.com defines adventure as “an exciting or very unusual experience” and routine as “commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity: the routine of an office.”
Over the last few months my life has felt pretty adventurous. No, I didn’t cave dive Twin Dees, but it is a goal of mine. With changes at work and the birth of Kim’s and my fourth child and second daughter, Kate, life has not been routine. That’s what really struck me: the comparison between adventure and routine and how they work together.
As my wife will tell you, routine can drive me nuts and the spontaneity of adventure is what I talk about most. It would seem I can’t live in adventure all the time and that routine is the mundane backbone of life. What I’m realizing is that without routine, there is no adventure, and without adventure, there is no routine.
It starts with adventure. Adventure is the new, the unfounded. Adventure is the unexperienced. It’s that daydream I bring to reality. It’s the vision I plan into action. Adventure is the life of an idea. Adventure is outside my comfort zone. As adventure becomes part of my everyday life it creates routine.
Routine is my safety net. It helps keep me from making everyday mistakes at work and home. Routine is my comfort zone. It lets me know I’m doing the right thing at the right time the right way. Without it, chaos would reign. Routine helps keep the adventure alive. It gives stability to the adventure.
I’ve come to appreciate routine and the stability it gives me. Without it, adventures tend to end in disaster.
What adventure in your life needs routine?
…and for your consideration.