As the years go on our lives seem to become increasingly busy by the minute. This rings especially true for young people who more often than not work a traditional 9-5 job while also working at a side hustle, passion project, and own pets, a home, are in a relationship or have kids.
It often feels like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything we want done. As a result, we find that we are always on.
Our minds are always whirling, thinking of the next chore, the next project, the next job, the next thing I have to get done as soon as possible.
In the rush to make a living and live our best lives, it seems that we have forgotten about another important aspect of the human experience.
The ability to relax and enjoy life as it is.
Sounds crazy, right?
When I graduated college a little over a year ago, it was nearly impossible for me to relax. I was so used to always having something to do.
In college, there was work, there was school, and there were friends. There was always something to do and when I graduated I found that I suddenly had a huge chunk of time dropped into my lap.
It never seemed like there was enough activites to fill all that time.
So what did I do?
I managed to find something to do, all the time. When I wasn’t at my part time job, I was at the gym or searching and applying for every job I could get my hands on. Slowly, but surely though, I began to burn out.
I had all this free time, but I never used any of it to recharge and relax. It seemed like I never had any fun.
This pattern contiued long after I started my blog and first full time job, until one day I found myself lying on my bed, sobbing. And I didn’t know why.
I had pushed myself too far.
It was a slow, painful road to recovery.
It was hard to remember how to relax again, but I had to do it.
Even now, a year after gradudation, I have to remind myself every day to take some time to relax. It’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you should always be on. I could be writing, I think. I could be working on my blog. I could be picking up a side hustle. I could, I could, I could. . .
But I also should be taking care of myself.
I should take the time away from social media every day.
I shouldn’t force myself to write if I’m creatively drained.
I should enjoy time with my family, friends, my boyfriend, and my dog.
I should enjoy a long walk outside.
I should admire the sunset.
I should enjoy life the way it is right now.
And most importantly: it’s okay to do nothing sometimes. To lay back on my bed with a good book and just be.
It’s a good thing to be passionate about a project. It’s a good thing to want to better your life. It’s a good thing to work hard.
But there must be some kind of balance to sustain yourself. If you continue to push yourself to your limit, one day you will break down.
So if you’ve been looking for a reason to set everything aside and relax for a few hours, let this be your excuse to do it. Give yourself a break. Enjoy your life. Because if you don’t start learning to relax now, you’re going to find yourself at fifty years old, looking back and realizing that all you ever did was work.
Youll find that there was little to enjoy in your life.That you never sat back and admired the bright blue sky or the comforting sound of the ocean waves.
You should enjoy your life. Work and play and all.