A young child sings into the cassette recorder, “The wheels on the bus go school and round, school and–“
“Round and round,” his mother interrupts.
“School and round!” says the child emphatically.
A student packs up his room to make way for his subletter, who is about to have his first roommate in three and a half years. As the student packs up a jug, he laughs.
“What is it?” asks the subletter.
“Oh, I took a class in which I had to draw this jug every day for the semester. The idea was that it would bring out our creative side because drawing the same thing every day gets boring pretty quickly. It would force us to find creative new ways to represent it.”
“Did it work?”
“Yeah, it did.”
Busting your cycle is where you take one aspect of your life that’s more or less constant and you purposely bust it. By temporarily breaking a routine, you can often experience the world in a very different way. If you bust the right cycle, this shift in perspective can often lead to elation and a sense of possibility.
I find that the best routines to bust are the ones you spend the most energy trying to maintain. For example, sometimes I get anxious about sleeping. I get all worked up about falling asleep and not getting back to sleep if I wake up in the middle of the night.
So I bust that cycle by purposely setting my alarm and starting my day at an ungodly hour. When you walk around the streets at 5 in the morning, you realize that some people do it every day! And as you go through your day you realize that you can still function even though you’re really tired. And instead of being stressful, that tired giddiness can make the world a little bit fun.