Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Now That Is Taking a Need For Routine Too Far

Routine, it is said, is important for children. Adults, too, get stuck in routines.

For example, I drive the same route to get to work and I when I get there, I turn on my computer, check my voicemail, change my message, start up all the programs I work with, get my water, do some reading and then check emails.

But recently, I ‘met’ a woman who takes her routine a tad too seriously. I think she may have a problem.

After dropping my guy off at daycare, I went to the local gas station to fill up my tank. I went inside, paid the man and then got in my car. I looked up to see a woman in a SUV impatiently waiting for my spot.

This would make sense if the gas station was full. It was not. It was about 6:20 a.m. and I was the only person at the station. All other gas pumps were empty.

I organized myself, put my seatbelt on and drove away. The woman immediately pulled into my spot.

What makes this story that much funnier, in my opinion any way, is that two days later I pulled back into the gas station parking lot and who is at that same pump at the same time – the woman in the SUV.

In the case, this woman needs to learn to change up her routine. Life must be so limiting for her.


Nicole said...

WOW. That, um, is a little much!

Kim said...

I have some older people in my family who can't seem to function without their routine. They cannot handle change of any sort without breaking down emotionally. It's not healthy, and is a good reminder to me to keep learning and growing and changing things up as I age.

A certain amount of stability and routine is important and is often essential, but "getting into a rut" can be dangerous for a person's emotional/mental wellbeing. You said it perfectly: Life must be so limiting for her.

WhisperingWriter said...

Eek, that is nuts!

CoconutPalmDesigns said...

And you thought *I* was anal!

Cheers :-)
- CoconutPalmDesigns

StardustSavannah said...

Awww- thats sad...poor lady. How BORING her life must be.
I used to have to tap my toothbrush three times- until my son told me that he always knew if it was mom or dad in there brushing their teeth...and I stopped cold turkey:)
Nice to meet you- jumped over from SITS