How I Change

When I had an employer, I’d drive to work a different route every single day. The purpose was so that my day would start differently. I live close to a four-way stop. There came a day when I got tired of seeing the same damn things every morning. The choice was mine to venture a new road. These routes aren’t the most efficient or easiest but they are totally worth it.

If you work an 8 to 5, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You have your “get up” time, and you have your “last minute, I better hurry the F-UP to get there” time. I had the same. I don’t like being rushed, I don’t speed when I drive, and I don’t like the anxiety that goes with it. I usually wake up early to avoid rushing. People that speed down the highway, especially when I have my daughters in the car, really piss me off. They cut in front of me, slam on their brakes because the car in front of mine is going about the same speed as me, and it’s a disaster waiting to happen. I can only hope they are in a dire emergency because that is the only excuse. The problem is that it appears everyone is rushing for their own emergencies.

I have always enjoyed creativity. Waking up in a patterned state became frustrating. Eyes open, leg rolls over edge of bed, hits floor, one push, second leg, sit up, stand up, shit, shower, shave, brush teeth, roll deodorant, choose shirt, fix hair, find half-clean pants, grab socks (doesn’t need to match), put on shoes, wallet, keys, and grab phone off charger. Ignition, warm-up, music, and I’m on my way. My everyday was starting off on the wrong foot. I was getting tired of myself for being this particular way. This was BORING!

It’s different now, and it became different well before I became self-employed. I started driving to work inefficiently, on purpose. I gave myself time to take the long road. If I wanted Starbucks, I didn’t go to the same one where everyone knew my name. If I was low on gas, I spent a little extra at Chevron instead of ARCO or AMPM. It was my choices that got me out of my patterned living because I was tired of living that way. And you know what? I met new people, and saw different things, and my mind was stimulated because these choices forced me to think, see, and hear differently.

So if you’re in a rut, or depressed, or bored with your job, know that you have a choice. Every day you wake up and you have a ton of choices. You can continue to do the same things and hope for different results, or you can do things differently, get out of your comfort zone, and experience a whole new world. I chose the latter, and between you and me, it is totally worth it.

And a fan mentioned I need to plug my app in every blog post, so if you’re a single or separated parent that needs to keep records regarding your frequency of contact, visit and I’ll thank you ahead of time.

And come hang out with me at Full-Time Daddy on Facebook.

Have a great week.

Author: Full Time Daddy

CEO of Olive Us, LLC Founder of Single dad to two amazing daughters

Share This Post On