10 Easy Ways To "Get Out Of A Rut"
A SURE-FIRE TEST TO SEE IF YOU ARE IN A RUT . . .
OTHER EXAMPLES OF BEING 'IN A RUT'
The "rat race." The treadmill. Same ol', same ol'. It has many names. Places. And infects millions, no, billions of people on a world-wide basis. This is not a fatal disease, as it were, but it can have long lasting effects as a disease, if not checked early. This subject I am going to talk about for a moment is called, "being in a rut," and you know exactly what I mean by that common term.
Being "in a rut," is a soft, silent invader of one's peace of mind, but does not attack its host all at once but slowly. Over the course of many years. It just seeps into the man or woman's conscience through the back door and sits patiently waiting for the day that the person it is living in will cave-in. Or cave-over with stress that leads to dark depression. Even a physical exhaustion that cannot be harnessed or explained by leading doctors.
Being "in a rut," is not, per se, a physical illness, but it can disguise itself as one. With headaches, upset stomach, tension in the neck and back, yes, "in a rut" takes on all of these ailments that lead to a miserable person who "thinks" and believes, that they are compelled by rules of the universe to not only be, but survive "in a rut." This is far from easy. Just ask those once-workaholics whose work-week consisted of 80 plus hours and weekends. See what "in a rut" did for them.
Although "in a rut" cannot be categorized as a physical sickness, thus there are no medicinal cures such as shots, pills or medically-based therapies to cure this awful "beast" who just loves to sneak inside of us and refuses all nice hints from us to leave. It will not leave. "In a rut" loves to make you feel worse by the day. What does it care if you are miserable? Not a thing. For "in a rut," has no heart. Feelings. Or soul. It's a mindless, cold-natured entity that thrives on people who fear, above all things, losing their jobs, thus forcing them to work all manners of ungodly hours reeking a toll on their body and mind that no paid vacation can refresh. Sadly, there isn't one Ray Charles record ever released that can relieve being "in a rut." I'm sorry.
"Awww, Kenneth, this is just another one of your comedy hubs," you say. No, not this time. Even my twisted sense of humor cannot combat "in a rut." I feel like Superman when facing green kryptonite. Helpless. Weak. Sick. Unable to get out of the floor.
But with that being said, I have devoted a long period of study to people who are "in a rut," and ways, actually "10 Easy Ways to Get 'Out of A Rut,'" that work. If applied properly.
They work. No creams or pills to buy. No Visa or MasterCard to be used. And no orders being delivered to your front door in a discreet brown paper wrapper, but the 10 tips to get out of a rut are all here. Free for the reading. And using.
We start with . . .
#10. LEARN TO CROON
like Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole and Roy Rogers, "King of The Cowboys." When you master this beautiful hobby of the voice box and begin to sing (by yourself) the haunting standards of American music, your being "in a rut" will fade away and you will regain your pert personality, your perky way of walking. And that free laughter that your wife loves to hear.
#9. GIVE YOUR WIFE YOUR VISA OR MASTERCARD
and say, "honey, go out and buy yourself a new dress, shoes, and a bag." Talk about feeling good. Refreshed. This will do it for you. Oh it might be hard at first to hand her your trust credit card and your excellent credit rating, but as soon as she leaves in your new BMW, you will start feeling like a new man. Released from the prison of working all day and night and being "in a rut" that your wife and children hate. And your wife will love you for doing this. I promise.
#8. HIKE ACROSS THE STATE
just do it. Remember that hot ad campaign by Nike? Chicago Bulls ex-superstar, Michael Jordan sure does. He was once "in a rut" with his work ethic and gambling on his golf game with his wealthy sports pals. But Jordan, one day saw the light. He retired from basketball, bought a huge part of the Charlotte Bobcats and enjoys sitting on the bench and just watching a NBA game instead of busting his hump to win another championship ring. You just need to invest in a pair of walking shoes, get in fair physical shape, and you are on your way--across the state where you life. What an adventure you will have. Walking and enjoying the side of the interstate as you drive the evil spirit of "in a rut" out of your life forever.
#7. LEARN HAIR DRESSING AT HOME
your local tech college surely has courses in hair dressing and styling, so why not take up this relaxing way of getting "out of a rut"? You can do your wife and daughter's hair. Even your son's hair. Plus your wife's girlfriends' hair. Hey, you can make extra cash and have fun to boot.
#6. TEACH A CLASS ON HOW TO BUILD BEAVER TRAPS
online or in-person to those outdoor enthusiasts you happen to work with. Beavers are clever rodents, but they can be trapped and set free where they cannot build dams causing homeowners and farmers thousands of dollars in damage. You will thrill at the looks on your family and friends' faces when you, now a "Doctor of Rodent Trapping," beam with pride with your picture, along with your class, in the local newspaper for doing our ecology and wildlife a huge favor by teaching people how to trap beavers.
#5. TAKE A ONE-MAN SURVIVAL COURSE
like the survival courses taken by the Marine Corps. and Navy Seals. You will not only be "in a rut"-free, but more confident. Bold. And a thrill to know as a man and coworker. It won't hurt you to learn a survival skill. No telling when you will be with your family in the jungles of Brazil and be attacked by a tribe of angry natives for bringing evil spirits into their back yard. Namely a Sears tent that sleeps six.
#4. TAKE UP SPEAKING CHINESE
like any good American, you need to be multi-lingual. And a good language to start with is Chinese, one of the most-respected languages on earth. What big fun awaits you when you dine at a Chinese restaurant with the wife and friends. See how amazed they look as you do all of the ordering for you and them without any help from the waiter. And you thought that I was joking by giving you this tip. You feel pretty bad now, huh?
#3. BE A PART-TIME BLACK SMITH
and do your horse-owing friends a favor by giving them a discount for shoeing their thoroughbreds. You will be the "talk of the town" with your newly-found blacksmithing skills. People will come from near and far to see you shoe a horse and all without breaking a sweat. And by the way, there is a demand for black smith's in today's society with all the people turning to horses as weekend hobbies and not using their cars for the high-cost of gasoline. What are you waiting for? Get busy and be a black smith. The clothing and equipment for black smiths can be found online.
#2. DO PART-TIME WORK IN A TRAVELING CIRCUS
as "Bo Bo, The Suburban Clown." No one will recognize you. No one will make fun of you because you will not tell a soul that you are going to take some well-deserved, much-needed time off to travel with a successful circus and entertain kids by the droves. What a great role model you will be as "Bo Bo,The Clown." And be "out of your rut" with a few one-night performances in Small Town, America.
#1. BECOME A MEMBER OF HUBPAGES
where you, with a little practice, can express yourself in words, pictures and thoughts. Just keep your text and photos clean and non-violent and abusive and being "in a rut," will be a faded thought. Try this out and see if I am not right. Ask the thousands who are HubPages members and see if they all agree that writing for HubPages not only relieves stress, but lends a special excitement to your life.
Good luck on using these FREE tips.
Hey, if all fails, you, as a member of HubPages, could write a series of hubs talking about "The Beauties and Pleasures of Being 'In A Rut.'"
This Hub is NOT a Medical Advice Hub! This Hub is NOT Aimed at Any Particular Group or Organization.
In fact, this hub is not even dramatic enough to be considered for an idea for a Broadway play. This hub simply deals with "10 Easy Ways To 'Get Out Of A Rut,'" and do not try to tell me that most of you aren't in a rut already.
You know it. I know it. And soon, you will realize that day-after-day routines without change or variation, can lead to lack of interest, depression, irritability and a non-social life after-hours.
Want to get yourself free from 'the rut'? Just take your sweet time. You deserve it. And read this hub. I give you my solemn word that these tips may not be a cure-all for your being 'in a rut,' but they sure will not add to your already regimented life.