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 them done. 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 prioritise and that means, asking yourself what is the most important for you to get done, not your boss, your spouse or your 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 the 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 that it is the reality of many. 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 surely put me on anti-depressants because hand-in-hand I experienced stress, anxiousness and of course insomnia. I no longer wanted to go out, because time out meant I would struggle to get done what I wanted to get done. 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 if you live a balanced life, which allows time to play. Some of us are so used to living like this that we have no clue what we enjoy doing. My advice to you is, figure it out. It is important not only for you, but also the people around you. Finding time-out for you will make you more tolerant and content. In addition, you will have more energy and vigour to do your everyday tasks. Find humour and laughter and if that means watching re-runs of Mr Bean, then do that. Most importantly, stop watching the news. It does nothing but drag you down.

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