On "Doing it ALL" - Human Beings Are not Machines!
I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that we live in a time where it seems like we are always busy with something.
In fact, many folks seem to actively strive to be engaged in something "productive" at all times, lest they somehow miss out on something.
How did we even get here?
How did we arrive at a point in life where people genuinely fear that they are "wasting time" if they just sit down and read a book - for the sheer enjoyment of it, not just "to learn something" - for several hours?
When did we forget how to relax?
And what exactly is it people are so fearful of? What do they sincerely believe they will miss?
Humans Are not Machines!
I'm willing to consider that part of the issue might be cultural, and mostly related to life in the USA. I remember first arriving here for University and being amazed by how busy everyone seemed, all the time.
As a Dane, it almost felt like people - even in my own age group- were almost afraid of sitting still!
But we humans are not machines... we benefit from having regular downtime and from doing "useless" things like sitting in a comfy chair with a purring cat in our laps!
When I think about it, it seems like a small wonder that stress is such a common thing, in our world!
I guess FOMO is just deeply ingrained in the fabric of US culture... and I have never felt compelled to be part of it. And yes, I actually enjoy sitting still and doing as little as possible!
Here's the thing to remember: Days still have 24 hours in them, and running faster will not make them any longer.
And no, I am not entirely immune to the whole "running" thing... did it for some years when I worked in the IT industry, until I just had to get out because it was exhausting.
Chill out! I promise it's not going to kill you, and I sincerely doubt you'll miss out on anything. And why not try something relaxing and not productive?
Who knows, you might like it!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great remainder of your week!
How about you? Are you always trying to stay busy? Or do you enjoy relaxing activities with little practical purpose? Leave a comment if you feel so inclined — share your experiences — be part of the conversation!
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Created at 2023.09.19 01:41 PDT