It seems to me that nowadays we only believe we should relax, put our feet up, close our eyes and chill when we are on holiday.
We are continually adding to our to-do list, telling ourselves that we have to get through a whole list of jobs before we can take time out for ourselves, for just being in the moment.
Often if questioned about this we reply with an automated reply, we don't have time to do this, we have to prioritise doing and just being is not a priority.
But thinking about this recently I realised that for me this hasn't always been the case, when I was a child I didn't have a daily to-do-list, of course I had things that I had to do, go to school, eat three meals a day and the such like. However, the time when I wasn't doing these things, the time when I got home from school and before dinner wasn't for doing things from a list, it was for playing, for just having as much fun as I could before I had to go in.
I don't think there is a specific date when things changed, I am sure it happened over a long period of time but it happened. And looking at things with fresh eyes I don't think it was a good thing to let go of.
Life, I am sure, isn't supposed to be about doing jobs all the time it is about actually living, having fun whenever we can, whether that is spending time with friends, hobbies or just watching a movie with our partner and a big ole bar of chocolate!
So I would like to make a suggestion, stop and take a moment in your day and think about the amount of time you have just spent being you, having fun and not doing something practical. I think you will be surprised as to how little time you just do something for the heck of it, because it makes you smile because it makes your heart smile.
Now step away from that list I know you have either on your desk or in your head and take time for you, for living, for making memories.
Love, Cate x