Saturday, 16 January 2016

...All Ado About Nothing...

Simply being and doing nothing seems to be the hardest thing to do.

As kids it was easy. We just pulled sick days either real ones or those pretend ones but whichever it was, we used them to the fullest and did nothing.

By nothing I tend to mean not doing anything that one normally does. As a student, not studying and as a worker, not working. As youngsters we made it an art form to dodge the required and simply vegged as we saw fit: hanging out with friends, listening to music, watching videos or lounging next to the pool.

Even the iPads get their battery recharged every now and then, so why can't we, the iPeeps, recharge? Recharge without feeling weighed down by guilt?

" Shouldn't I be doing this that and the other right now? "

As a society we are addicted to doing. Addicted to always being busy that we never take the time to smell a rose never mind roses. Is it any wonder that our batteries have run down and that we only tend to operate at 60 % even after resting? Do we even know what it feels like to go through life at a 100 % of our energy on standby?

Have you realized that even our leisure time is fraught with choices and stress which somehow tend to fragments our being? It used to be a question of perhaps going for a walk, reading a book, watching a film or simply spending time with your children should you have any... yet, nowadays, we have added another dimension of leisure activities...

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Snapchat / PlayStation / Wii

I've heard parents mumble about how they don't know what they did with all the spare time before they had their darlings...

Well, what on earth were all of us doing with all those countless hours we spend online each and every day, before we took the first bite of that digital Apple?

Maybe the answer is to have one day a week where we disable our modems, holster our smartphones and give ourselves a chance to get as close to possible to that 100 % authentic us...we could call it a Flintstone day!