Hurrying and worrying, sound like you?
Are you the type of person who can’t sit still for too long without tapping your fingers on the table? You avoid eye contact with anyone in the room as much as possible, sometimes you can’t wait to run out the door. Your phone is constantly in your hand, your eyes are glued to a screen all day, be it a computer, a laptop, or TV Are you always doing something? And even when you’re not you’re fighting with yourself to do something else, no matter what your mind is always ticking, racing, sometimes it even feels like a race. But unfortunately with worrying there is no finish line, trust me I know. If this sounds like you then this one’s for you!
Have you ever just sat down and listened, like really listened? Try it now. Wherever you are, a train station, at home, at school or at work; just take a minute to observe the people around you. If you’re at a train station, watch the way people systematically step off the train and step on. Search their faces, how do you think they are feeling? Do they look drained? Do they look happy? Some meeting up with people who are waiting on the platform for them. Their eyes meet their faces light up, arms swung around each other. It’s beautiful to watch sometimes, when you take the time to really observe what’s going on around you, do you notice and feel how everything slows down?
Sometimes I see myself sitting in a cafe with a warm drink in my hand, it’s New York so it’s coffee ofcourse. When have you ever seen a writer in New York or any New Yorker for that matter not in a morning rush, running through the streets with their brown or white cardboard cup, effing and blinding, usually at taxi’s, am I right? I’m right. (Funny how I know this and I’ve never been to New York… don’t judge me!) It’s called, too-much-sleep-too-much-spooning-omg-stupid-ass-alarm-clock-okay-now-I’m-running-why-am-I-running-I’m-already-late-crap-where’s-my-other-shoe-how-the-fuck-did-I-leave-with-one-shoe-aghhhhh-taxi-taxi-taxi-taxi-YES-TAXI!!!-DRIVE-FASTER-DRIVE-FASTER-YES-WE’RE-HERE!!!-fuck-fuck-shit-fuck-stairs-run-run-run-ouch-ouch-ouch-my-thong-OUCH!!-okay—office-now-in-view-I’m-so-fired-ouch-ouch-ouch-ouch, “Oooooh Hi Dr Longfellow.”
Haha I hope you enjoyed that! Anyway back to this coffee shop, there’s this window, I’m staring out of it, I’m watching the world pass by frantically, I’m smiling, modest, my eyes are smiling too. Unaffected by the buzz of the crowds; candid, still and calm, triumphant in overcoming all of this.
So if anyone guessed, the window in that coffee shop really is the window into the world. Everyone is so busy being busy and if they’re not busy they’re trying to be busy, the whole damn world is busy! Everyone out looking for their next fix, at times it’s amazing, but hectic, yes hectic, however it’s no way to live.
Really my point in all of this is that people get so caught up in their lives and problems that they forget about the here and now, people go home at the end of the day exhausted, unhappy, and unable to unwind. They work too hard and don’t have enough fun, they take life too seriously. And I have to say, I have been one of those people too, up until recently. But! I am trying to change and it’s been working! It has made me a lot happier, more relaxed and more able to be in the present which is all I really want, so if I can do it so can you! Let’s do this together! J
“The opposite of play isn’t work, it’s depression.”