I had some time off work last week and was determined to relax a little, to forget about the job I currently do and to think about what I really want to do.
Unfortunately, I haven’t relaxed for over a decade which sounds ridiculous, but it is kind of true. If I am sat at home, I have to do something whether that be writing or whatever. I cannot just sit down, read a book, and relax.
It has been this way for a very long time and the sense that all time doing nothing is wasted time persists and gets stronger as my grip on relaxing becomes a distant memory.
When on holiday, a proper holiday abroad, I can relax and simply take in the world around me because there is a lot of new things to see and do, but when I have a few days off from work at home, there is never a moment when I can just sit down and be myself.
This isn’t about me though, I am wondering if this is a problem of the modern age and if we are all suffering it to different degrees?
My children seem to be able to relax without any problems, but they again they are teenagers so their lives revolve around being slobs. I do, however, know a few people who also struggle to enjoy times where they just want to sit down and not do anything.
It could be because we are so used to all of the information that is constantly being thrown at us, it could be that we have less free time or it could just be that work practices mean that sub-consciously some of us feel that we should be doing something useful all of the time.
The fact is that we have more free time today than ever before and also more resources to count on to help us get the manual things done, but for some of us the idea of relaxing is still hard to fathom.
So, how about you? Do you relax and if so, what do you do to take you to that special place?