So here's my beef..
We have to live and in order to live, we need.
We need food, water, a place to keep warm and a place to sleep and that's the barest of our necessities.
In order to live we have to afford life. And so... we have to find our means in order to survive a standard of life. This usually means work.
I just want to clarify - I am not against work! I do not believe everything or even anything should be given to us on a plate. I enjoy working and actually find that I go a little mental without the focus of it. But, whilst many of us our running ourselves flat finding ways to afford life, we forget to live.
The literal definition of 'live' is to simply 'remain alive'. How depressing is that?!!
For the sake of this post and for the sake of humanity (wow, dramatic!), I'm going to disagree.
How many times have we heard the phrase 'Stop, and smell the roses'? I can't tell you how often that concept has saved me from going down, down, down into various pits of mental despair. I'm a person that thinks a lot and analyses wayyyyy too much and know I am not the only culprit of this self destructive crime.
A couple of weeks back now, Juan and I were staying at my auntie's place in Cedar Hills. We were driving ourselves and each other nuts. Every day endless job searching or working on the computer and then feeling low at the end of the day from the lack of progress.
Then one evening, though not even particularly nice outside - we decided to head to the canyons. And then.. NATURE. Flippin' nature. We underrate and so easily forget the power that nature has on our body and our soul. I know, I hear it. I sound like a complete hippie. But as soon as we entered the space in between the mountains to get on the road through the canyons, I was lost. The air, the sound of the rushing streams, the sight of the magnificent cliffs, the smell of rain, sound of thunder.. we were both overwhelmed and then totally empowered by nature.
We stopped the car to investigate. And what's the only way to investigate fully in a place like this? Barefoot.
To be close to, to touch and be completely surrounded by and submerged in nature reminded us that we are indeed the very same. I know I sound romanticized and maybe even a little high, but this realisation has really helped Juan and I - individually and together.
Creating a balance of doing what we need to do, getting what we need to get done, done and giving ourselves a break from our persistent surroundings (and technology!) is a battle that we as human beings face constantly as part of the rat race . But we are here, on this earth and it is a theory that we are all hippie's at heart.
Nature is incredibly healing and uber, uber energising!! I don't care or want to know the sciences behind it. All I know is that being around it heals me from head to foot, outside to inside and back out again. This feeling helps gain perspective on life's inevitable and unavoidable pressures and that is something money can not buy us.
So let's embrace our hippie souls.. take our socks off, run up a mountain, collect stones and thorns in our toes (yes, an event that has actually happened recently)... and LIVE.
Brit. U.S.resident. Lover of Opera. Believer of dreams.