Her life was boringly predictable, settled into a routine so mundane she knew, down to the minute, how it would play out.
At 4:30 a.m. her mini Lab wakes her. Standing at the edge of her bed, nudging her with a wet nose and amorous dog kisses, licking her arm until she gets up. Padding barefoot to the back door, she lets the dog out for the first of many laps around the yard.
Back in her cooling bed, she has an hour before her husband’s alarm rudely rouses her again. At 6:01 she crawls across his prone and unmoving body to slap the snooze button. She shakes him until he growls coherently, signaling he is awake.
Giving up any illusion of more sleep, she begins her day, just like every other day. Laundry, pets, dishes, bills, meals, vacuuming, dusting, ad nauseam… all before noon.
She longs for something more substantial. Something beyond the same everyday drill.
Where is the excitement? Where is the motivation?
In a moment of clarity, she packs a bag. Makes a lunch of Nutella sandwiches, iced Nescafé, and a chocolate bar. Throwing in a copy of “Oh! The Places You’ll Go,” she heads to the beach, alone and without guilt.
Sitting in a small patch of sunshine, on an empty beach, letting the stress of her day melt away, she wonders why she hadn’t done this before. Breathing in the crisp ocean air, and exhaling all her tension, she begins to feel inspired.
A simple break in routine doesn’t have to be extravagant. It can be as effortless as a walk on the beach, a hike in the woods, or a quite spot to just read undisturbed. She needs to add herself into that daily to-do list.