Friday, August 22, 2014

The importance of taking a time out in a world that never stops moving.

I face a lot of expectations.

Most of these are self-generated. I’ve always held high expectations for myself. I probably always will. It’s taken me twenty-one years to narrow down these expectations to simple, easily accomplishable daily goals, but I’ll still beat myself up every once in a while for not accomplishing more.

Then there are those expectations that my closest friends and family hold for me. Sometimes, it can feel like I’m being pulled in a million different directions, trying to make everyone happy, and losing myself in the process. In the past few months, I’ve narrowed down the list of people I regularly spend time with for this exact reason. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve learned that who we give our time to matters.

And lastly, there are the expectations the general society holds for me. The expectations to look a certain way, feel a certain way, speak a certain way, be a certain way. I fight a lot of these expectations, but it doesn’t make it any easier. 

With all of these expectations I face on a daily basis, I’ve learned to appreciate the importance of taking a vacation. And I don’t mean the type of vacation that requires intense planning, and a rigid schedule. I mean the kind of vacation where you lose your cell service, your sense of ego, and your sense of time. Where you retreat to a place where you can be your honest self and not worry about any expectations.

One of my best friends owns a place like this, and a couple times a year, I join her there to lose track of time, to relax, to take a time out from this world that never stops moving, expecting.

But you don’t need an actual place in the middle of nowhere to take a time out. You can take one now. Exactly where you are. Just take a step outside, turn off your phone, and breathe. Give yourself five minutes, five hours, or five days, however much time you can spare to let go of the expectations and just be with yourself, exactly where you are, as you are.

Take a break.

You deserve it. 


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