“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the universe is always one step beyond logic.”
—Frank Herbert, Dune
We are creatures of comfort. And as such, we desire routine. We thrive in it. So much so, that we look for patterns in everything. Structure. Organization. We have gone so far as to develop psychological theory with stability as the foundation, i.e. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. And as such, we have developed an entire culture built around the schedule, taking it to the extreme, where everything is planned right down to the minute.
Except, in every action, we rewire the universe, changing the nature of our reality in little bits, cumulatively, over the course of 7 billion lives, over the course of 1440 minutes every day. Every decision you make in every moment changes some facet of how your future will play out, not to mention the domino effect that occurs with every decision. Dominos that cascade into other pathways and lifelines. Which suggests what?
There is no routine. There is nothing you can do to set up something that will remain the same for 100% of your life. As a society, we can recognize trends, but those are temporary and they change. We can recognize sequences, but those evolve, and thus change. The caterpillar wraps itself up and turns to goo. The hardest stone erodes, the strongest metal rusts. Bodies decompose. Concrete cracks. And new life arises from everything that breaks.
The only constant is change.
So, what benefit is there in doing the same thing in the same way every day? To quote again from Dune, “And always, he fought the temptation to choose a clear, safe course, warning ‘That path leads ever down into stagnation.'” To resist change is to become obsolete. Over and above that, however, is to seek to deny change, which ends, ultimately, in a fruitless, soulless, existence.
Change will come. You have to be willing to step away from what is comfortable in order to grow. Learning happens in discomfort. Skills are developed in discomfort. Wisdom flourishes in discomfort.
You have to embrace change to evolve.