I have a fear of being idle. This fear means my life – probably like most people I know – is a long to do list, crammed to the brink with work, chores, exercise (occasionally lol) and meet ups. Every spare minute is accounted for: five minutes waiting for my food to arrive whilst in my favourite kebab place (mmmhhh) the other day meant time to apply for a new driving licence for me and babi (change of address to be clear lol). I have even taken my phone to the ladies’ so I can write down my to do list, so chronic, is my fear of having time on my hands – and don’t get me started on social media.
So what is it about doing nothing that scares me? Not achieving goals, wasting time and being bored (I have a very low tolerance for un-productivity which some may call boredom). Maybe I am scared of my own thoughts (oh wait, that can’t be right as I am writing this post right now on my train journey to Edinburgh and technically I am thinking right?). If I just keep busy, busy, busy, I won’t have to think of the bigger picture! Ahhh, it’s all starting to make sense now. It’s almost as if I have designed my life purposefully to leave no space for it……. I am sure this isn’t only me? The result of this: we are not really living. With no time to ‘switch off’, we’ve lost the art of thinking, of concentration and being able to derive meaning from our lives. So I suppose for those who can identify with this post, the key takeaway is that ‘idleness isn’t a luxury, but rather a necessity in order to be at your peak’.
Convinced? If so set yourself a goal: to sit and do absolutely nothing for half an hour, every day for a month. I am going to do this starting from today and i cannot wait to see the results and share these with you! Feel free to share your experiences too
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