We are all running. Running and sprinting to achieve all these different goals in life; which, I feel, makes no sense. While we are all in this marathon I don’t think a lot of people realize that eventually, life will whiz past them in the background. It is only near the finish line that most of us take time to look back and do the reverse run – and we know that’s not how it works!
Why are we so afraid of hitting the pause button when we need it the most? Why does this fear of lagging behind not let us be kind to ourselves? Why have “WE” conditioned ourselves into believing that “winning” is what we’re here to do? That’s not the purpose of life. I don’t think it can be that petty of a thing.
We’re here to build ourselves. And by that, I don’t mean a career, a house, a family or a name in the society. Certainly, all of that is a part of our existence here but is that the ULTIMATE goal? It is not. It cannot be. That’s what I want to believe in. Of course, I have no experience in acing life and I’m not qualified in any way to be preaching all of this. And I know, it is easier said than done. But it is important to believe that you’re here to do more than what you’re doing now. More than just existing. More than just being society’s lab rat.
If you want to take a detour or hit pause, tell yourself that it is okay. It is okay to stop for a while. It is okay to skip the gym and spend some hours reading a book. It is okay to bunk office to treat yourself to some “YOU” time. It is okay to take that much-anticipated trip to the mountains when needed. It is okay to stop the car, recline the seat, and just let it out in the middle of all the rush (just don’t cause a traffic jam).
Tell Yourself it is O-K-A-Y!
Next time, something in life makes you feel burnt out, take a pause. It is okay. Breathe.
When you’re making an important decision in life, hit pause.
When you’re in a tricky situation, push the button to find a solution.
When you’ve got too much on your plate, leave it there; maybe for some time. Just leave it there.
When the stress starts taking a toll and your hair starts taking a grey hue early in life, take THAT pause (maybe pamper yourself at a salon).
Do it. Do whatever it takes to not burn out; to not give up.
If your endless hustle is making you unhappy, there’s no point of doing it for the sake of some made-up societal BS. NO POINT!
Again, I’m in no position preach. I like to write things out when I feel the need to get myself back on track. That’s my pause. That’s my cope up go-to. A lot of times I feel bottled up and this turns out to be the best way to let it out every time. Every single time. While at my work desk, juggling with three articles for different clients I just took a pause writing this blog for myself. It helped. I feel better.
And I hope you do too. If you don’t, you’ve not taken that pause yet.
AGAIN, Do it. For you.