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(DAY 157) Life on Autopilot - Embracing Comfort and Seeking Novelty

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Gaurav Parashar

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it's easy to slip into a routine where each day feels like a replay of the previous one. We wake up, go through the motions, and before we know it, the day is over. This phenomenon, commonly referred to as "life on autopilot," can be both comforting and monotonous. My last week has been an example of life on autopilot, with a predictable schedule involving morning swims, work, and evening runs. Finding novelty in life in important, our surroundings and circumstances impact our experiences, and the notion of settling into new environments.

The Autopilot Week

The past week has been a blur of repetitive activities, with my alarm blaring at the crack of dawn, signaling the start of another day. My mornings have been consistent, beginning with a refreshing swim to invigorate my senses and kickstart the day. The workdays are characterized by a series of tasks and deadlines, where I find myself navigating through projects almost automatically. Even my evenings follow the same pattern - a therapeutic run to unwind and clear my mind. As I lay down to sleep, I couldn't help but ponder if I was merely going through the motions without truly savoring each moment.

Seeking Novelty

It's natural for anyone to crave novelty and excitement in their daily lives. While routines offer stability and a sense of control, the absence of novelty can lead to feelings of stagnation and monotony. Missing novelty can be attributed to several factors, including the predictability of our surroundings, the weather's impact on our activities, and the people we interact with daily. As the days blend into one another, the sense of adventure that comes with encountering new experiences seems distant.

Comfort in New Surroundings

On a brighter note, the last few weeks have marked a significant change in my life as I moved to a new house. Initially, the unfamiliarity of the surroundings and the adjustment period posed challenges. However, as time passed, I found myself becoming more comfortable with my new environment. The walls now hold cherished memories, and the neighborhood feels like a community. It's a reminder that we humans have an incredible ability to adapt and find comfort in new circumstances.

Settling into All Environments

Reflecting on my adaptation to the new house, I realized that this ability to settle extends to all aspects of life. Regardless of the circumstances, we tend to adjust and find comfort in our surroundings. While change can be intimidating, it also presents an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. By embracing new environments and experiences, we break free from the chains of autopilot living and open ourselves to the richness of life.

Life on autopilot can offer a sense of security and stability, but it's crucial to strike a balance between routine and novelty. The last week has been an eye-opener, reminding me to cherish every moment and seek out new experiences to enrich my journey. As we navigate through the seasons of life, let us remember that we have the power to find comfort in any circumstance and embrace the beauty of the unknown. By breaking free from the monotonous patterns, we can awaken our senses, find joy in the simplest of things, and truly live life to the fullest.