Deviation from the Daily Routine

Almost everyday my way to work via the public transport in Berlin is the same: Walk to subway (carefully, don’t slip on the icy sidewalk!); take subway no 1 (only one station), then subway no 2. Exit subway and take the bus. Leave bus almost in front of office building. Walk to the office (carefully, don’t slip on the icy sidewalk!).

After work it is the same: bus and two subways. I know the faces of quite a lot of the people in the bus, and even in the crowded subways I recognize two or three people. Very often I get into a mode where I close my eyes and shut myself off the reality around me.

But today I decided to deviate from my daily routine – I took another bus and took another route. And suddenly I noticed that I looked at the houses and shops which we passed in a very different way – I wanted to take in information and was fully awake.

And the interesting fact was: I felt relaxed when I arrived at my flat. Relaxed and alive at the same moment. That deviation from my daily routine did me a lot of good, and I decided to have more of it.

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About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

2 responses to “Deviation from the Daily Routine”

  1. Meryl K Evans says :

    Ha. I tried this on Monday when I had to take a child to the doctor… and ended up missing my turn and taking the long way … it was not good for two reasons: late and kid got carsick. But I’ve had times when it was lovely.

  2. Wendi Kelly~Life's Little Inspirations says :

    interesting, as I am reading this, I also happen to be listening to Christine Kane’s song Wide Awake. It goes so perfectly with your post it is as if you planned it.

    New routes keep us fresh. I have gotten into a habit of taking pictures every single day with my camera. It has the same effect of making me look at the world with my eyes wide open. Wonderful!

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