Today was a Sunday well spent. Cause I did what I was looking foward to do for quite something. I did nothing. I am pretty sure I am not alone in my occasional quest to ‘do nothing’.
Looking back, I would have never imagined, that when I start working, being ideal would be a luxury. Do not get me wrong, it is not that I am overworked, life is fine. It is just that as I started earning, I started paying, a lot. First came the bills, clothes and shoes of course and then came PARTY. A not so short while later came exhaustion. Yup.
In the years to follow, m priorities also started changing. I wanted to travel more. Grow my knowledge and pick up new skills. I took on new projects and set out to evolve. When you know there is so much more to life and the boundless world of opportunities waiting for you, you seldom sit still. It felt good to invest in myself. But, it required work as I was always in a book or on my laptop.
This is when I realized that having free time on your hands is such a luxury. And doing nothing is an indulgence that I began to understand better. It is not wasting time, at least not entirely. It like pausing just for a day. Like a breather to help you relax. I do not think that by doing nothing I am wasting time. I am just pausing. Responsibly pausing.
So many times I have read and heard people saying that if you are not doing something constantly, then you are missing out on life. The idea of unwinding too, has been tied with activity to an extent that inactivity feels like a crime. This is why I would go out as often as I could when I first landed a job. Then, I got busy with more productive tasks. And now, I am beginning to enjoy my free time by doing nothing.
Looking back on my day, I call it balance.
(Originally Published on The Zainab Experiment: https://bit.ly/2Tn8tyy)