Worth Breaking Your Routine

Worth Breaking Your Routine
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I stayed up past 11:00 pm last night. Ok…and?

I try to be in bed by 9:00 pm six days a week because I have to be up at 5:45 am five days a week. All this to say, I take my routine and my sleep schedule seriously. Rarely do I allow something to interrupt it. Every once in a while, however, I find something worth breaking my routine for. That something is really somebody. That somebody is really somebodies, and those somebodies are really old friends.

I’ve been friends with these two sisters for what feels like forever. We all went to different colleges, and especially with COVID, we don’t see each other much anymore. To make matters worse, they’re both practically nocturnal and it’s close to impossible to coordinate a call during the day. Despite these inconveniences, they’re the kind of people I’d gladly break my routine for. So I stayed up past 11:00 pm last night.

I heard the saying once, “You can’t make old friends.” I never appreciated this truth more than when I went off to college last year. I used to think people who pulled all-nighters to hang out with friends were crazy (which should tell you how cool I must be). Now, the distance apart from my favorite people made me realize, the best friendships are worth some lost sleep.

If you don’t have a routine or you don’t see the value in having one, you probably can’t relate. But if you, like me, guard your sleep schedule with fervor, here’s a friendly reminder that sometimes it’s ok to break the routine. Especially if it’s for a somebody.

As we’re closing in on a wonderful holiday here in the states, I’m feeling a little extra thankful this week for my old friends. Maybe you should give yours a call, even if it breaks your routine.