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  • Larissa Martin

How My Routine Has Changed Since High School

I graduated high school 11 years ago. It’s hard for me to believe that. I was in special education throughout school. I was in this protected bubble of routines. I had to do therapy such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc. It was great, but then I graduated. Reality hit, then my safe bubble of routine, which was something that I knew and felt comfortable with for many years, was gone. I had to figure something out.

I am not going to lie, it took me a long time to get a routine down. It still does on certain days, but I have one that works for me for now. That is not to say some things aren’t going to change every now and then. Variety is the spice of life after all. Creating my own routine has taught me responsibility and growth. It is showing myself and others that I am capable of being on top of what I have to do. If not, there is a consequence for me not getting done what I need to. That falls on me and no one else. I have to deal with it whatever it may be. I think by creating my own routine, it has help me grow into a more accountable adult and show others around me. It has given me the chance to know that I can thrive and can also be creative with my routine. Do I mess up sometimes? Am I my crappy at time management? Yes to all of the above. But in my experience, I learn from my mistakes, take a step back, then fix what needs to be fixed. By doing so, I am making a new routine for myself every time I mess up. This way, I can improve on being more productive all around so I can get more accomplished throughout my day. This routine has worked for me. Sometimes it doesn’t work, and that’s okay because routines change. Things happen. It’s how I deal with the changes in my routine that matters. If I am negative about the changes and worried about it, then I am not going to get stuff done that way. If I am upset about something I have no control over, I choose to embrace the changes in my routine, because there is nothing I can do about the changes. So why not take these changes in my routine and make it a learning experience? Why not apply it to my life to make me a better person all the way around? Because in the long run, it is far more important than being upset about something that I can not change about my routine. Why not learn from it when I can? That is what creating my own routine has done for me. I am so grateful for it.

I think people need to be open to change and be willing to create their own routines. By doing so, they would grow and learn more about themselves. They would be willing to change their routine every once in awhile and creating a better life for themselves. They would be individualizing their routine that works for them so they can thrive and live their best possible life. People can grow into a better version of themselves by avoiding a protective bubble. Routines are less boring and there is more room to grow when they can be changed.


Someone who loves creating her own routine

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