Do you have to lead a structured life ?
A clean, organized home calms and pleases me.
I plan ahead. Never rush off scatterbrained, driving until running out of gas with no money, like a man I met.
Routines: Volunteer college mentor. Hiking twice/week. Weightlifting. Running. Stretching.
Spray Sawyer Permrethrin insect repellent on my hiking clothes, hat and gear. It lasts through six washings. This odorless spray kills and repels ticks, mosquitoes and 33 other biting/stinging insects.
Keep my hiking boots waterproofed. Also polish and waterproof leather boots and shoes. This makes them last longer and look sharp.
As an organized, high energy person, I get a lot done.
My childhood if anything has made me want stability, structure, control and routine because I never really had it. I only realized how much it meant when I moved back with my family and lost it, that the clinical depression I keep at bay came roaring back with a vengeance. I'm trying to roll with it around here, but it's fucking tough.
That depends. I have lots of little routines and some more general structure that helps to make life feel comfortable and familiar. I like a measure of consistency and predictability in my life. But on the other hand I almost never make firm plans and tend to follow my own road on a lot of things. I cannot stand the idea of following a strict set of religious beliefs or rules for example. So my answer is probably mostly yes but also no
I assume I have to, if no other reason than I am a high school science teacher. I live by bells and schedules. It used drive my ex- nuts and I can't say I blame her. She liked unplanned spontaneity (sorry, redundant) and my structured lifestyle contrasted with that. I am a softer style of Type-A personality. If I am not at my appointment 5 min. early, Im already late (for example).
What do you mean by "a structured life"? Sticking to an organized schedule or routine? Living by others' rules? Not being too spontaneous?
I live cautiously, even conservatively in a lot of ways, but I'm far from being conformist in my behavior, e.g.:
At this point in my life, yes, i must live a structured life. I'm not retired yet and the job requires structure. In a few years, when hopefully i can retire there will be somewhat less structure. Though having seen friends who retire and impose no structure on that life and what happens... It ain't pretty or productive or even satisfying that i can see. So probably there will always be done structure for me.