All of us live extremely busy lives. We always have jobs to fulfill, problems to worry about and a never-ending list of things to do. We get so caught up in keeping up with the mad pace of life that we never stop to think, to catch our breath and to appreciate the little things in life. We are obsessed with getting to the next step, we are like hamsters in a wheel chasing a piece of cheese. We lose sight of the big picture of life, the reason for our existence, the purpose of our time on this planet. It is at times like these that we need to learn to love and appreciate life.
When was the last time you walked barefoot on a patch of grass? Letting the crisp blades of grass gently tickle your sole, the soil settle in between your toes, and feel Mother Earth’s landscape the way it was meant to be experienced.
When was the last time you left your mobile phone and music player at home and went for a long stroll in the sun? Unplugged, disconnected from the constant meaningless updates, taking the time to wallow in the environment around you and bask in the warm sunshine.
When was the last time you observed your fellow human beings around you? Watching the innocent laughter of little kids, young couples in love, parents and grandparents overseeing their offspring and how they interact with each other, conveying strong emotions through simple gestures.
When was the last time you saw yourself completely naked in the mirror? Face up to the perfections and imperfections in your body, the oddities that define you as a person and the physical sculpture of your body that has faithfully served you.
When was the last time you listened to an entire music album while doing nothing else? Not while on the bus or the train but while sitting in your room with all distractions turned off, just the music and you connecting with each other.
When was the last time you stopped to stare at the starry night sky? Laying down in your back garden, watching galaxies and constellations pass by only to realize our insignificance in the vast Universe.
When was the last time you scribbled all your thoughts on a notepad? Letting the emotions and ideas flow throw your pen, express that nagging thought at the back of your head in words, doodle your wildest dream and darkest fears, all in the comfort of your bedroom.
If it has been a long time since you have done any of the above, perhaps it is time for you to relax, take some time off for yourself and reconsider your priorities before continuing on this journey of life that none of us can predict. Sometimes, even the wisest of us can learn from the simplest of actions.
Currently listening to – Bass Trap by U2