With the busy lives we now lead including working overtime, hectic social lives, making time to see family, catching up on the latest TV series and having time for our favourite hobbies, it can seem that life sometimes passes us by.
We get so caught up in having time to do everything that inevitably we procrastinate and end up doing nothing. Time can often be our worst enemy. I wrote a post a few weeks ago about working 9-5 and the weekly anticipation of the weekend, and yet, before you know it, it’s Monday morning and the weekend has disappeared. You start to resent your chores and the weekend ‘have-tos’ because time is so precious for those two single days.
Recently however, I’ve started to resist the urge to measure time and compare how I’m spending in. This weekend I had two lie ins, whereas normally I’m up early wanting to make the most of the day ahead. I starting reading my book at 2 in the afternoon and took the dog out for an extra long walk. I hate the feeling of constraint and thinking I must have this and that done by a certain time, as come Monday morning none of that will matter. All I think is: did I spend time with those I wanted to, did I prepare and cook delicious food and did I make the most of not having to set an alarm.
I feel that this mantra works well in life too. In an age of comparison and documentation, we’ve become blind sighted into thinking it’s not okay to lead an ordinary or sometimes lazy lifestyle, or to take our time with things. We make list after list of places to go and places to eat, that sometimes we forget to sit still and relax.
Taking my own advice, I’ve decided to take five things that I find relaxing and start implementing them into my daily and weekly routines. At mention of this, we always shriek and say ‘But I have no time to do that!’ before we while away yet another evening glued to our phones.
And so, I plan to read more (a cliché I know), to not only take longer walks but to make a conscious effort to plan different routes, watch those films that remain unwatched on my bucket list, to listen to more movie soundtracks, and to spend more time baking.
They may not be spontaneous choices or anything too exciting, but sometimes it’s those little moments in life that you miss most when you stop doing them.