We are not made to live on autopilot. Our brain structure operates basic functions that way: walking, talking, typing, breathing, etc. Learn the pattern. Embed the routine. Let it run. That works 99% of the time for our most essential actions. From time to time we stumble over words and curbs because of autopilot but the penalty is usually minor and more funny than tragic.
The rest of life — the most important stuff — is anything but basic and not meant to be captained on autopilot. It’s meant to be lived intentionally with curiosity and vigor. Life is not a routine to start and complete each day, each week, each year.
Life has a beginning and an end. In-between then it’s a canvas to create. Autopilot has a role as long as it’s functional and limited. If it reaches too far and expands too wide, the penalty is severe and more tragic than funny.