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May 31, 2011 6:32 AM Subscribe
One of my few habits is that I have no regular routines/habits. Is this something I definitely need to change or is there a way to leverage this to do everything I want to do in life?
posted by thorny to Human Relations (19 answers total) 81 users marked this as a favorite
I can get intensely passionate about something of interest, but for a very short period of time (up to a couple months). Then some time will pass (usually a year or more) and the interest will re-kindle. I realize in the grand scheme of things, this is a habit/routine in and of itself but I would like to use it for good...
For example, last fall I was very interested in art and artists and spent about a month checking out books, reading about and looking at art, and enjoying the entire process. Then I stopped suddenly and now it doesn't interest me. However in a year or two, this interest will reappear as magically as it disappeared. I know this because several years ago I was into painting and art and in a very similar way. And then several years before that. ETC.
It's not just about art, and more specifically I don't necessarily even want my life to be about art. But I will go through phases of interest in a sport or a musical genre or with self improvement or a type of cuisine, you name it. Every different interest seems to have it's own "expiration" date and rekindling period.
Here's another example as it pertains to food. I will go through a phase of a month or so where I love macaroni and cheese, and love creating new mac and cheese dish variations -- like adding tomatoes or meat or pretty much everything. Then I will suddenly stop and then stare at the big box of uneaten mac & cheese packages I bought at Sam's Club during my phase.
So it all boils down to this: I am not sure I will EVER change this behavior. (I am open to suggestions of otherwise.) I have tried. Because of this I am wondering if anyone out there has been able to leverage this behavior to accomplish great things with their lives? If so, how?