The daily routine can be a chore. At first, the excitement at being somewhere new and taking on new experiences is motivating and offers something to look toward. Over time, we can start to focus more on the routine, the annoyances, the fact that we “need” to be doing what we’re doing and would rather be doing something else somewhere else. And, what was once seen as a new adventure, becomes lackluster and boring.
When you fondly realize that the spot you were in may not have been as bad as the perception you were experiencing, the time may have already passed. You graduate from school, or move onto another job, and dare I say those days of yore might not seem as unending and unbearable now as they did then. If you are in a position where you have undergone this change from excitement to exasperation, consider changing the way you are looking at the situation.
Although you may not be doing what you imagined, you are contributing to your core group of peers and being responsible to yourself. Even though the experience might be yawn inducing, you are aware that it is important to maintain discipline in life, even if it is not fun on the surface. If you are able to do this with a smile, as opposed to being the resident grouch, then do you realize that you may very well be positively contributing to those around who may be in the throes of a similar thought cycle?
If you focus on the bigger picture, you will realize that a lot of the daily deeds of making it through are reminiscent of a yoga and meditation practice. The fact that you keep on going and focusing on the greater good—establishing yourself, pushing beyond your boundaries, making it through the obstacles and fears—all resemble the physical and mental challenges that are a regular part of a dynamic yoga experience. When you realize this, the fact that your daily routine itself is a greater part of this life experience and your spiritual growth can begin coming to light. And, how you end up dealing with the daily aggravations ultimately has long term effects on how you act, feel, and perceive outside of your routine. Constantly vibrating that something is annoying becomes not an observation, which may be how it begins, but can turn into being what you bring back to yourself. It may seem that you get stuck in the grumbles of how bad something is as opposed to realizing that you are becoming your own worst enemy and perpetuating what you feel to be a crappy situation. Attitude really does make a difference in perception and how a situation is reflected back.
Here is a simple-minded suggestion: When things get bad and you feel stuck, step outside and look into the situation. Try to discover what it is you should be learning as opposed to perpetuating the negativity that you may very well be sending back to yourself.