Life is for living. You wouldn’t know it though, sometimes. Even as a freelancer, I’m struck by how much time I spend doing stuff I would never choose to do if I didn’t need the money. Work often becomes all-consuming, leaving little time for anything else. It drains the colour out of our lives.
Even when we do find ourselves with free time, we often forget how to make good use of it. All too often, Netflix or video games win over. Those things are fine in moderation, but if that’s all we ever do then we never learn or grow, and life begins to lose its lustre.
I remember being a kid, with no need to worry about work. Life seemed so vibrant, and I spent my days letting my imagination run wild – creating, playing, learning.
A few weeks back, sick of thinking about work the whole time, I began to feel like enough was enough. I want to feel alive again – not just occasionally, but every day!
So I began thinking about what it is that makes me feel alive – nature, creativity, travel, spending time with like-minded friends, learning new skills and so forth. And I made a list of things I can incorporate into my life whenever I lose sight of what it’s really about. Here are some of the things I came up with (with a little help 😉 ):
- Cycling out into the countryside and looking for beautiful places
- Making art
- Going wild camping and wild swimming
- Doing nature photoshoots
- Long nature walks
- Cooking something different
- Learning something new
- Doing a full hour of yoga and/or meditation
- Writing some fiction (or creative non-fiction)
- Making music
- Going for a beach day on a secluded beach
- Getting some friends together for a gathering
- Going foraging
- Going somewhere remote to see the stars without light pollution
- Exploring derelict buildings
With all the issues going on in the world, it can feel a little silly to focus on things like this. But these sorts of activities can help to keep us sane. I envision doing these things alongside my existing vegan and environmental projects. It will inject some fun into life and keep me from burning out.
I thought it would be fun to share my progress on the blog and on my Instagram as I go along. A mini project I did the other day involved turning a plain shirt into a vegan one:
Though it was small and didn’t take that long, it was still really fun. It also involved learning how to use fabric paints and set the print so it wouldn’t wash out. Learning new things, no matter how small, creates scope for more and bigger projects in the future.
I think doing an occasional roundup of the things I’ve done recently to feel more alive will help to keep me accountable. I’m planning to share things on Instagram with the tag #comingbacktolife – anyone who’d like to join in is most welcome! Feel free to tag me (@littlegreenseedling) too. Life is supposed to be fun, so let’s make sure it stays that way!