Odd that as a nation we all become obsessed with remembering our leaving cert but we don't every may when we sat our college exams and final exams! Or even our graduations from college! But that's just a random musing today!
I often wonder if we actually need the routines we set ourselves. So often we hear ourselves complain about being stuck in a rut, a routine rut! Where we crave something new, something different, a break from the norm. We often go off and book holidays to combat this, impulse buy something huge-a car a house or in the cases of the less well off a new dress that we know we don't have anywhere to wear it to!
Is that the only way to avoid the boredom of the same ole same ole?
Or do we need to break loose from the humdrum and do something wild? Spontaneous? Plan a wild party and invite everyone you know? Run off on a get away weekend with that special someone? A spa day to ease the routine tension?
Or is it enough to simply book a night off at home get a DVD or good book, refuse to cook and treat yourself to a take away and let the routine stresses drift away as you immerse yourself in a story that isn't yours and slap up meal you didn't slave over all night?
Do we all need these nights every few weeks to let it all out and relax?
Do we need to escape the routine? The humdrum? The norm?
Or is the routine a secret comfort to us? Do we really it in order to feel safe and secure? Knowing what we're going to do every day can be a huge comfort, no surprises and nothing unexpected. Much like the Hobbit who never did anything unexpected ever! (Yes that is a Bilbo Baggins reference and yes I read the book as a child well before the film cane out this year!) Bilbo was more then happy with his life, in the hobbit hole under the hill, in fact going on an adventure scared him silly, aren't we all a little like that? Don't we all love that comfort feeling? Young (and slightly older) children have their comfort blankets or teddies that they can't sleep without, in some way aren't we the same? We need that comfort, the routine and the normal lives we lead.
That said Bilbo did run off to meet the dwarves and Gandalf
"I'm going on an adventure"