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What is with routines? Why have I been consistently told throughout my 24 years of life by those that I thought knew what was best for me, "Kelly, you should really settle into a routine. Kelly you would feel so much better if your life was more routine".

Why is that? Why would settling into anything at 24 feel good? I'm not a person that needs routines to feel good about myself. I actually enjoy the unexpected, not planning every second of everyday. It is a trait I truly like about myself, I am quite fond of it in other people as well. 

The very definition of a routine is, "Performed as part of a regular procedure rather than for a special reason". Synonyms: standardregularcustomarynormalusualordinarytypical. None of those words are remotely near what I strive to be, nor what I want out of my life. 2015 is going to be different. I am finally free. Free of all these voices of people that think they know what is best for me, when in fact they don't know me at all. 

Some routines are enjoyable. I listen to music on full-volume while lifting weights at the gym after work.  Walking to the kitchen every morning at the office with my colleagues. It's just something we do. I would say it is normal and typical, but it's also great. I suppose routines involving others/music are special. In fact, it doesn't feel routine at all. It feels fun. I was always told, "Kelly, you can't have fun all of the time". Well why not? Why can't I have fun all of the time? You should enjoy what you do for a living, and you should enjoy who you do it with. Every person you choose to interact with should make you feel amazing just by being around them. Don't sell yourself short. Don't settle for an average/routine life when you deserve an incredible one. In the words of Dr. Seuss, "Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind". People will judge whatever you do - might as well do what you like.



OpinionKelly Madera