Sometimes it can feel like regulations don’t give us the freedom that we desire.
Then suddenly, when there’s chaos we call out for the need to be regulated.
The truth is we only want to be regulated when it suits us and that usually corresponds with our safety.
What’s the need for rules when no one is at risk?
But what is often overlooked is the overall benefit that comes from everyone having two follow certain rules and go through certain process. As much as they can be frustrating, they often benefit us much more than we realise.
What will be left when it’s all over.
A few months ago I ventured out of my house and out of my local area. Everything felt normal until I found myself veering to the edge of the pavement as I saw 2 old ladies sat on a bench in front of me. On another occasion, as I waited for the bus I put on my mask in preparation.
Right now the pandemic isn’t over but ‘normal life’ has started up again (even if there are still 101 restrictions in place). Most of us are leaving our houses much more than we were 7 months ago.
But once the pandemic is declared over, social distancing and wearing masks will stay with us even without the rules in place, even if just for a little while.
There’s a well known phrase that says ‘Rules were made to be broken’.
In many cases I don’t agree, rules are put in place to create boundaries, keep us safe and so on.
But in some cases rules can cause us more harm than good, disadvantage the minority and are for the benefit of things we don’t support.
In those cases when it doesn’t feel right to comply, breaking the rules might be the right thing to do.
Sometimes right and wrong is hazy.
Other times right and wrong is black and white.
The interesting part is when 2 groups come together with 2 different perspectives.
In the current state of the world, many would argue that the right thing to do is stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing. And these same people see it pretty black and white.
On the other hand there is a group of people who are out regularly and socialising in groups. They know they aren’t supposed to, they know the impacts of doing so and the benefits of abiding by the rules yet they still reject them.
For these people right and wrong is hazy.
Or maybe they just like the idea of being rebellious.
Many people have an unspoken set of boundaries for what they do and don’t do or a set of rules that govern the choices they make.
And sometimes the boundaries that you give yourself become limitations.
Suddenly you find that you’re not doing the things that you want to do because your boundaries go against it.
However the thing about boundaries, though they have there benefits they can also be a hindrance.
The more you try to force yourself to adhere to them the harder you judge yourself when you stray.
But, it’s perfectly okay to move away from the person that you thought you’d be.
In day to day life you might be surprised at how many rules you follow. Things that you are or aren’t supposed to do or say?
Some of them are necessary and help us function well as a society whilst others just restrict us. Some are inflicted by others but some we force upon ourselves.
You make up unhelpful rules that get you off the hook because you cant, you’re not allowed, people don’t do that.
But maybe if something isn’t working out you could take control.
Make the decision to change rules and do something differently.
For some the idea of posting daily might be a strategy to make the numbers go up.
For me, posting daily isn’t a strategy it’s a personal practice. I like knowing that I can do it because 2 years ago I’d have declared it almost impossible for me.
I actually think that it’s easier to remain consistent with daily posts rather than picking 3 days a week.
But what also helps is I force myself to look at life differently as a means to have something to write about that is more than just ‘here’s what I did today’.
I’ve heard that having more content on your site can help boost your Google rankings and in most cases if you have more content you’ll also have more views.
I can post daily because I write short posts. However, if I was writing 800+ word essays daily postings wouldn’t be practical for me.
In terms of strategies I think a lot of it is down to why you blog and what you care about.
If you’re making a living from your site (or trying to) you’re much more likely to follow the rules.