Take time to do what you love

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I don’t know about you, but for a while now I’ve been feeling like someone has pushed the fast-forward button of life. You wake up in the morning to find the day halfway gone and whatever you planned to get done, will have to wait for the next day. Of course, the next day flies by just as fast and pretty soon you find yourself with a list of ‘to-do’s’ as long as your arm and no time to get through this list. The merciless ticking of the clock finds us exhausted at the end of the day from sprinting between chores. There is no more time to think, let alone take time to do the things we love. Life has become the proverbial rat race.

The way I see it is that we have to prioritize and that means, asking ourselves what is the most important for us to get done, not our boss, our spouse, or our children. As much as we would love to please them all by meeting their demands, it is almost impossible not to run yourself into the ground in the process. Most of us, and I am no exception are caught up in doing, doing, doing, and not in the being. Here is a reminder to everyone that reads my blog; we are human beings and not human doings. Lately, I’ve been faced with that reality, and I’m sure it is the reality many people experience. Unfortunately, I only realized that I was caught in the ‘doing- rat-race’ when I lost interest in everything around me and life became a chore. Had I gone to see a medical practitioner, he would have put me on anti-depressants because I experienced stress, anxiousness, and of course insomnia. I no longer wanted to go out, because time out meant I would struggle to get through my to-do list for that day. In my case, I loaded my own plate. I seem to have that type of personality.

It no longer surprises me that living a life stuck in the fast lane together with the ongoing negativity that bombards us daily results in depressed individuals. Our bodies and minds cannot cope, nor were they created to cope, and if you don’t believe me, just look at the statistics of how many people are taking anti-depressants. Most medical doctors will want you to believe that you have a chemical imbalance. Focus on the last part of the diagnosis…imbalance and ask yourself do you live a balanced life, which allows time for play? Some of us are so used to living like this that we are clueless as to what activity brings us joy. My advice to you is, to figure it out. It is important not only for you but also for the people around you. Finding time-out for you will make you more tolerant and content. In addition, you will have more energy and vigor to do your everyday tasks. Find humor and laughter and if that means watching re-runs of Mr. Bean, then do that. Most importantly, stop watching the news. It does nothing for your state of mind, other than drag you down.

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