I have a problem. My friends tell me constantly that I should stop and turn from my ways, but for some sick reason I can’t.
I am practically incapable of stopping, it has such a grasp on me that I’m not sure I could stop if I tried… Allow me to explain, what I’m referring to is my complete inability to just relax, to not be doing anything, to stop and smell the flowers, if you will.
Drew and I are both horrible at this. We love what we do, we are passionate about being active and involved in the community around us, so who has time to stop? Not to mention in our world today if you aren’t moving a million miles a minute, updating, managing, posting, or contriving new ideas for social media you will of course instantly be forgotten and wiped from internet stardom faster than you can click “Post”.
Relaxation has become the white rabbit. This thing we have all heard of but aren’t sure how to find. It sounds good but what will it do? Lead us down some bunny trail, into a hole, and then what? I can’t check twitter from a hole, I can’t check my email, or look into my latest stats to make sure I’m not falling behind.
I am currently being forced into relaxation… or something like it. I am in a cabin on the most glorious Mr.Rainier, surrounded by nothing but trees and sky, and woodland creatures (oh and fresh air! We don’t get a hole lot of that through the smog in LA). And I must admit it’s not so terrible.
As creative people, Drew and I, are so easy to distraction and justification of moving from one project to another instead of standing up and walking away to detox and then come back with fresh ideas. Having an outlet or a space to find relaxation is crucial to any creatives life (one of our favorite spaces is the ACE Hotel in Palm Springs which I will tell you all about later, it’s truly Meca), but making or finding them is so tricky. Once you find yours, hold it sacred, that time is precious, don’t give it up to just anything or anyone and make sure you stick to it.
There is so much busyness and constant movement. I am currently learning to pause, to take time to enrich my life by reading a good book or going for a walk. I have a feeling this may be just the thing my life needs to stay fully focused on the things that matter, don’t you think so?