Humans are essentially habit machines.
I can’t remember who said this but it’s absolutely true.
If we weren’t, we’d spend an ungodly amount of energy each day re-learning how to brush our teeth, deciding what to eat for breakfast (Waffles? Spaghetti? Margaritas?), even which route to take on the drive to work.
The ability to operate without making a new decision every 20 seconds conserves a lot of energy and has obvious survival advantages.
But there’s a downside.
We spend most of our lives Sleepliving.
Head in the weeds. Autopilot.
Occasionally, I wake up and remember I get to decide the course of my life.
I don’t really have to sell shoes the rest of my life. Or live in Missouri.
Neither do you.