Routine and Serendipity




I frequently say that Diane and I travel very well together.  Our trips — long or short– always seem to be a mix — some things planned, routine, familiar; others unplanned, serendipitous, new.  I usually use books and the Internet to decide what we will do, where we will eat and then on the road Diane will turn off the highway and we will explore.  Seems we always find something of interest.

For or the past 40 plus years, most days and weeks have been the planned.  We follow daily routines; even free time is measured out — weekends and vacations.  Although I often said I liked teaching because there was change — new  students, new courses,  always new things to read and learn, the truth is unfortunately we teach within pretty well defined walls — the community, the school, the classroom.  Most of the time we don’t move outside the box.  In fact teachers are notoriously wary of change.  There are complaints about new policies, new operating systems for computer, a change in the school calendar or a room assignment.  I remember decades ago when I was an Assistant Headmaster, the English department resisted word processing and I felt the need for an executive decision — word processing is acceptable.

I hope to introduce much more serendipity into my life now that I am free from the routine of going to work each day at  seven.  I want to be more foot loose, travel the path not taken before, explore, wander, look around the corner.  At the same time I will enjoy some routines — a morning walk,  a newspaper with coffee or tea, making bread, growing tomatoes, Sunday visits with family, a vacation at a familiar spot or dinner at a favorite restaurant, rereading a book.

Yes I want my life to be a mix — some routine spiced with serendipity.  Always ready to look around the corner.


One thought on “Routine and Serendipity

  1. Mike Honan says:

    Middle of winter, midnight on a Saturday, 20 degrees outside. There’s already a foot of snow on the ground and it’s expected to continue all night. So, let’s walk the 10 miles into downtown Boston. Your idea. Nearly 50 years ago, but never forgotten.

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