We put productivity on a pedestal.
Being “busy” is a badge of pride.
There seems to be pressure to always be doing something productive.
Doing something for work.
Developing a hobby.
Always something with an end goal.
Something to say “progress is being made”.
There’s much to be said for living an industrious life.
It’s key to fulfillment and meaning.
However, that’s not to say that we must always be industrious.
There are times when we simply want to rest.
Listen to music.
Watch a movie.
Binge a mindless show.
Play video games.
Yet doing these things can make us feel guilty.
As though shutting down for a bit is frowned upon.
Taking time to recharge, however, is critical.
Sure, it allows us to refresh before getting back to work.
Yet it also serves to simply please us.
To let us enjoy what we enjoy.
And that’s enough.
If you want to relax.
If you want to tune out.
If you want to be distracted.
Make time to just “be”.
Without any end goal in mind.
Nothing to do or produce.
When it’s time to get back after it, you’ll know.
You’ll be ready.
If that’s soon, that’s totally cool.
If it’s a long time from now, that’s totally cool, too.
You owe nothing to anybody but yourself.
You’ve got this.