Self-care is, fundamentally, about bringing balance back to a life that has grown imbalanced from too many commitments or responsibilities.
Robyn L. Gobin, The self-care prescription
School was one of my favorite things as a kid. I loved two things about it: eating school lunch and recess. Let’s talk about recess.
Recess was synonymous with freedom. It was the time that I didn’t have to sit still in my desk either listening to the teacher or working through an assignment. Recess was my time to do what I wanted. On the playground, there were so many activities to choose from. There was tetherball, foursquare, wallball, handball, and dodgeball. There were chalk drawings, swings, monkey bars, and hopscotch. And of course, there was that one play structure only the weird kids played with: the seesaw.
All I wanted was to break your walls. All you ever did was wreck me.
There was always one subject in school that I could never stay awake for: history. It’s not that I didn’t think it was important, it was just that I could never materialize its relevance to my life. What’s the point of reading about clinical stories that were written by the victors? I came, I saw, I conquered. Substitute the word “I” with your favorite historical figures. Big whoop.
There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.
Our society has an obsession with speed. It has permeated into every facet of our lives. You’ve probably heard of fast food, lightning cables, and speed reading. It’s better to finish work and chores quickly rather than slowly. If you’re stumped by a question, the answer is at your fingertips waiting for you on the Internet. This ludicrously fast culture is a mastermind at delivering instant gratification.