The power of time off

How much time do we actually spend on ourselves or on what we like to do while we are working? Even when we do take leaves, how much time do we spend doing what we love or doing nothing. My personal experience says it takes us weeks just to get back to normal rhythm of things. To slow down, pay attention to our own thoughts and to find things that we’d rather be doing instead of work. Sure, we say that we’d like to travel to new places, read new books and in my case do nothing, but how far do we really go? It is quite amazing to see this video and know that someone really does what I have been trying to do in my time off. 
My sabbaticals may not have been as productive as this man’s but one can hope. May be by the time I reach the next one, I’d know exactly what I’d like to do when I get my share of unlimited time off.Till then, I am going to let my thoughts wander, spend time doing nothing, read, cook and generally try to find peace once again. 

Letting go

I think if there is one thing that I’ve learnt time and again in my life, it is how to let go. The more I want stability and assurance, the more I have to let go. My relationships have always been about being okay with uncertainty and non-commitment. Being okay with dead ends. And knowing it might not lead to anywhere.

Then why is it after so much time, I still act like I haven’t received the message? Why is it easier to latch on things/people and grieve the loss of something rather than accepting from day one that presence today doesn’t mean the same tomorrow. Wouldn’t it be easier to appreciate things/people more if this is drilled in our heads all the time? Not that I am the kind that doesn’t appreciate those around me but seriously, there has to be something about this message the universe keeps repeating again and again.

May be it is time to start everything by letting go. Being okay with uncertainty and embracing the now instead of thinking or planning for tomorrow. And saying goodbye before saying hello.