The daily grind at the bollendak
In the daily grind, processes and structures frequently look alike. Though it often seems different, they aren’t present right from the start. Quite the contrary applies because the majority slowly creeps into everyday life over time. Eventually, they leave us with the feeling as if there has never been anything else.
Therefore it is simple to quickly get used to the same routines, people, places, and events that provoke the same behavior, reactions, and perceptions. As they find themselves a comfortable place in the daily grind, they make us believe that there is no alternative.
It is tempting to follow the routine’s call to stay at a standstill because it promises reliability. However, this behavior also makes it impossible to leave the comfort zone and discover which viewpoints exist outside the monotonic daily grind.
I took this photo in February 2021. You can see the famous “bollendak” at the train station Utrecht centraal. The main station of this Dutch city is the biggest and also the most frequented train station in the Netherlands. The renovation of this train station was finished in 2016 and besides its modern design, it also has a parking garage for more than 12.000 bikes.