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Romanticize your life. 

You’ve probably heard or read that phrase multiple times, especially if you're on any social media platform. Formally, it's defined as “to make romantic." It’s all about appreciating the little things in life and taking moments to enjoy the everyday aspects of life. To me, it’s all about making even the most boring and tedious tasks enjoyable. 

You might associate this phrase with TikTok videos or Instagram Reels of very aesthetic morning routines, soothing sound effects, and lovely videography. You might look at your own life and think that there’s no way you can romanticize it, what with the apartment you share with roommates, your small dorm room, or your childhood bedroom that you still live in. That your life, with its busy job, school, and homework has no time for a long morning routine. Maybe you don’t even like breakfast or scented candles, but that seems to be what romanticizing your life is all about. 

Well, it doesn’t have to be. That’s why they say: “romanticize your life.” It's all about enjoying the little things of your life. There’s no right or wrong way to this. You don’t have to film it and make it pretty for it to count. As long as you’re enjoying more of your day, that’s enough. 

The changes you make to your life don’t have to be big or drastic. They can be simple and small, easily fitting into your routine without making a ruckus of things. Maybe you’ll listen to some music while cooking dinner; that'll add some excitement to a mundane task. Or you can listen to a podcast or an audiobook while doing something tedious (like laundry) which can make it a little more bearable and exciting. If you enjoy scents, you can add a scented body wash or moisturizer to your shower routine to help you relax and enjoy those moments a little longer. 

You might think there is no glamourizing studying because what can make writing essays upon essays, lab reports, or solving countless physics exercises fun and enjoyable? I personally found putting on sound effects in the background, whether the sound is a crackling fire, rain, or chirping birds, helps pull me out of a rut and makes studying a little more tolerable. If it’s something you can do, putting on music might also help (I get too distracted, so background noise is my go-to). 

The possibilities are endless as to which changes you can implement to make your life more enjoyable. We can’t live every minute of our lives doing what we want; sometimes we have to do things we don’t enjoy, but that doesn’t mean we have to feel completely horrible while we do them. So the next time you find yourself miserable at the thought of doing a certain task, think about what you can do to make it more pleasant! Think about romanticizing your life.

Sally Adil

U Ottawa '25

Sally is a second year Biomedical Science student at uOttawa. When she's not studying, she's reading romcoms and watching k-dramas.
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