Monday, December 9, 2013

Rant About: Routines

I don't know about you but I like to think of myself as somebody who appreciates originality. May that be "The Fox", the overplayed Gangnam Style or even some over the top graffiti art or a overly romantic, almost sickening, gesture.

I don't have some particular taste in original work, I like everything that seems as if a lot of effort has been put into it. I know people play prude and say anything unusual is absolutely frowned upon, but isn't it in our nature to be creative and idiotic sometimes?

Although creativity is closely related to spontaneity, humans actually create routines very easily. It's even scientifically proven that if you act the same motion more than half an hour your body doesn't think of it. The same goes for routines, like the morning routine or any other kind, even your lifestyle. Sure we want to be original, but we also want to be comfortable. To be comfortable, you need not to worry about every single step you take. Just like the repeated motion thing, if you get used to doing the same thing over and over again, you don't think about it anymore, so you're comfortable.

Yes, just like everything in life this does come with some kind of consequences. If you get used to doing something harmful to yourself? What then?

Let's take smoking, which I don't find the least bit worthy of dying ten years earlier than expected. Along with you getting used to the ritual of taking out the cigarette, putting it in your mouth and so on, your senses learn to ignore the smoke, the taste of it to be exact. It's a usual stimulus, so your receptor cells don't care about it, because it happens often. Because that kind of cells helps you get that there is something new in your surroundings, which could pose some kind of a threat to your well-being.

And that's why I don't like routines, they stop the thinking process. You don't get to process any new information and you fall into a kind of intellectual haze.