Life seems wrapped up between going to work 9 to 5, taking care of household chores and running errands over the weekend. And in what’s left of it, we end up staring enviously at the seemingly perfect lives of Facebook friends. So the question is what then, should one be doing with life? Let’s take a few steps back. All the way to school.
I vividly remember high school when we had something called SUPW (Some Useful Productive Work). Schools in India have an hour dedicated to extracurricular activities that interest students. I recall making pottery, baking, singing and taking dance lessons. These sessions helped me expand as a person, identify my abilities and interests and stay creatively engaged.
However, as years passed, I couldn’t quite keep up with those activities. What I had so joyfully learnt during the time eventually became a distant memory. Time became a slave of daily routine. My mind tells me I should have further honed those interests and skills. But not being able to do so slowly induced a sense of listlessness that I understood only later. Life in this world got taken over by busy schedules and responsibilities.
The excitement of doing things that interest us, creates Eustress or positive stress and is unlike normal stress which constantly creates a mayhem in the mind.