Dealing with The Mundane

Day in and day out,  we go through our activities. Some of us go to school, some of us suit up and go to our places of employment. Some of us stand watch at our designated post, and there are those that spend the major part of the day doing basically nothing. Whether our shift or duty starts morning, noon or at night, most of us probably spend the majority of our lives doing a certain routine. Sometimes it’s all good, until The Mundane kicks in.

You probably remember your first day of school, be it elementary, high school, college, or work-related. Always, during that first day, there is the dread at meeting new people, learning new things, or getting to fit in. And yet, with that dread also comes a certain tinge of excitement, also for the same reasons. You probably remember how good it felt being where you were at that point. You probably were looking forward to living each day after that. New friends, new lessons to learn. Each day offering you a chance to make a difference. You hoped every day would be as good as the one prior to it.

The Mundane sets in, and now you say things like, “I can’t do this anymore.”

The Mundane can come to any person at any point in his life. It starts with the simple observation, that he’s been doing the same routine that he was once excited to be doing. A simple observation, and he realizes that he doesn’t like it at all. The day to day mundane routine slowly wears him down, and there are days that he’ll wish that all of it would just stop; that everything would be all over.

Each one of us probably have their own methods with dealing with the depression brought about by The Mundane. Some read a book, some watch their favorite TV show. Some do physical fitness, some go drinking with their friends, or sometimes just by themselves. But at that exact moment when The Mundane comes in your life, I’ve observed and experienced three methods that we use to deal with it. Each may be done in combinations, or separately, and there is no order as to when they are used. The methods used in dealing with The Mundane are as follows:


Buntong-Hininga (The Sigh)

At that exact moment that you feel swamped by the things that you do, sometimes the very first thing that you do is just sigh. Probably you feel as if all your problems will be blown away with that sigh. It is an affirmation of sorts that you know there’s certainly something wrong here, with the immediate realization that at this point you can’t do anything about it.


Kibit-Balikat (The Shrug)

It’s the middle of your day, and someone comes up to you asking a question. They probably saw you from across the room looking all dejected and jaded, and decided to ask if you’re okay. Or it could be they wanted to ask you for some information or opinion on a certain topic. Regardless of the question or the intent, all you do is shrug. It doesn’t even have to be an actual shrug. It can be an aloof response, a grunt, or replying “OK” when someone tells you a story of how they had a bad day. Sometimes it’s because you don’t know what to tell them, mostly because you no longer care.


Consuelo de Bobo (The Consolation)

We do this to ourselves, probably to give us some comfort, some light to look forward to at the end of the long abyss. Hey, at least I’m going to school.. at least I’ve got a job.. at least I was able to help someone when they needed it the most.. at least I get to be with my friends.. at least , at least, at least. We sometimes overdo this method to some extent that we’ve developed At Least Foot; we walk about our daily routines trying to console ourselves for the things that are unreachable to us. Even if some of us are already feeling abused by the strain of our daily tasks, we try to cover up what we really feel by saying something to console us.


There’s a few more methods that I can write about, I just haven’t thought of names for them yet. But so far, it’s these three that are at the top of the list. It should be noted however, that these are done at the moment that The Mundane strikes. What happens after is up to us. I strongly believe that after all the sighing, the shrugging, and the consoling that we’ve done, we should at least start dealing with the lethargic state we’ve found ourselves in. A routine will remain a routine if you let it be. To truly deal with The Mundane, you must really deal with it. Face it, realize it, accept it. After that, slowly make your way to changing it. Either change the routine, or change the way you look at it.

For every ailment under the sun
There is a remedy, or there is none;
If there be one, try to find it;
If there be none, never mind it.

-W.W. Bartley

-Ed. E.


2 thoughts on “Dealing with The Mundane

    • haha inimbento ko lng ung term na yan, ung mundane eh synonym ng “routine”, or minsan nagagamit dn para sa salitang “boring”. meron dn itong ibang katawagan. ung ibang tao tatawagin tong “tae-ness”. o kaya “karne”. minsan, nagtatago dn to sa tawag na “process” hehehe.


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