Everything is Optional

This morning I woke up and went through my regular routine. I groggily wandered into the bathroom and relieved myself, weighed myself, and took my Buproprion. Then I wandered into the kitchen to feed Higgins and Poncho, let Higgins outside, and poured myself a cup of coffee. I let Higgins back in and sat down at the kitchen table where a small “to do” list was waiting for me.

I set up the list last night, as I always do. I find that it is difficult for me to get into my routine each morning and if I reduce the friction to starting I am more likely to be successful. For the same reason, I set out my running shoes with socks next to the front door before going to bed.

There was very little special on my to-do list. It had a few work items, go for a run, hit the gym, clean the house, meditate, and pack up some boxes for our move to the new house next week. Usually, there aren’t work items on my Saturday list but with all the disruptions to my normal weekly routine, I need to wrap things up.

I sat there looking at my list, sipping my coffee, and I realized I didn’t want to be contained by a list today. For the last twelve weeks I’ve been sticking with a very successful routine to reach my goals and I feel like I deserve a break. All these things need to get done, and they will, but instead of trying to check things off my list I’m just going to do what I want today.

Maybe I’ll go for a run, and maybe I won’t.

Maybe I’ll hit the gym, and maybe I won’t.

Maybe I’ll wrap up a work project today, and maybe I won’t.

I am viewing everything today as optional and, strangely, I’ve had one of the most peaceful AND productive days in a long time.

I’ve packed a carload of boxes for the new house.

I’ve cleaned the house.

I’ve started working on a work project.

I also watched three episodes of Numb3rs, walked to the new house to check on my seedlings, masturbated, read my new Swamp Thing comic, sat outside and just watched the world drift by, and now I’m writing a blog post.

I did these things because I wanted to at the moment. It is nice that some of them are on my to-do list, but I would be content even if they weren’t. There is a peace that comes from a clear schedule and a clear conscience.

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Also, I wrote a book about a cross-country bicycle ride I did!
“Wandering Oak: A Rite of Passage”

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