It’s okay

We live in a strange time with a lot of weirdness going on all over the place. I won’t comment Will Smith at length, but it was interesting to see what he did at the Oscars the other night. What he did is perhaps representative of how a lot of people feel these days, coming out of the pandemic. 

It’s been a mentally stressful time for all of us, and mental health is a huge issue. We want someone to blame for a wasted couple of years, or to find a point of release. I‘m happy I’ve had a good therapist the past year because it’s been a bumpy ride to say the least. 

Obviously Will Smith is going through something; he is dealing with something personal that perhaps not even his own family knows. I guess that particular evening was a clash of several things. Perhaps he had an argument with his wife during the day? Perhaps he got turned down a part in a movie he really wanted to do? The stars aligned, and he had an outburst, and poor Chris Rock was the perfect punching bag at that very moment. 

The past weeks have been interesting for me too. Without realising it, I’ve been working too hard. And my body has told me to calm down. I’m the kind of person who loves to get as much done as I can. If I have a spare moment, my mind will tell me to start my next work project, or whatever it may be. And all of a sudden, my body reacted. My pulse went up in a way I wasn’t used too, I started breaking things by accident (I broke a glass just over two weeks ago, against the sink and managed to cut my hand). It was a painful reminder that I need to be aware and not overwork myself. This resulted in me turning down a few jobs. I even called a steady customer and said thank you for my time. And I couldn’t be happier. I’m excited about new customers I’ve started working with recently, and that means I need to get rid of the old, and make space for the new. Perhaps that is what the spring is all about?

How are you feeling? Are you where you want to be? Are you stressing about stuff? It’s okay, you are not alone. Take a breather, look at what you have in front of you and see if you can declutter. I’ve just started my decluttering process and I love it. My body is responding as well, in a positive way. I even got back to the gym today for a workout – I haven’t been able to because my hand was cut, so I had to let it heal first. Although I have been running as usual the past two weeks. Hey, and even there I have slowed down the tempo a bit, to find the joy of running again. And it’s working. 

I remember speaking with a friend a few months ago, who was stressed. I tried to give her some calming advice, and she responded by saying it was the best analogy she had heard. It made me quite happy to hear, and I was quite surprised. What I said was, “You don’t need to climb Mount Everest each time. Slow down, try on your climbing boots first. Walk around with them and maybe that will be enough for the moment.” I guess I should try listening to my own advice from time to time…

By the way, I’ve been seeing a sweet commercial for the watch brand Omega lately. The commercial shows the details inside a watch, and the music playing in the background is wonderful. It’s the kind of music that makes me want to smile and cry at the same time. 

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