HW: #FridayFeeling; Remember to slow down – Back to the roots.

How do I feel today? Good question. I am not sure of the answer. Waking up today was not easy. All I wanted to do was to go right back to bed. The bed is the most comfortable thing for body AND spirit. But life is life, and so I switched the lights on and put them on dim, walking around a bit like a zombie. After a few minutes of mindless actions during which my body was doing things my mind did not have to assist, I decided to think of this post. Before I could think twice, it was already later than I thought.

This morning, like this past week, I was reminded that time waits for no one.

Since I believe in making the best decisions at the right time, you can hear me ask: “What is the rush?”, when other people ask for my ruling. Some things just do not need to be done right this second (mainly making big, potentially life-changing decisions like figuring out every detail of the rest of your life). This week I was reminded that no, I do not have all the time in the world. It was time to either find a new place to live or stay where I reside currently. This is something that has been on my mind for MONTHS, but after a while, I felt silly for worrying about such distant future instead of focusing on the then now, and so I moved that to the side. I guess I am staying where I am, which has its good and bad sides because time just ran out on me. 

Yesterday, I chatted with an older-than-me family member. We were just catching up on things when they mentioned retiring. I was not prepared for this news to hit me as hard as it did. It was my impression that this person was going to work… for forever. They mentioned their age in a way that made my skin crawl. Between the lines, I read: “I am on death’s door. My time is running out. I do not want to die working.”

Are those meant to be a sign? A gentle reminder to not postpone things? Maybe…

I started this week on the wrong foot because I knew I was on a time crunch. And then some other less than positive things happened at the beginning of the week, and I thought I was doomed. Today, I know I am not.

Today, I celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a four day weekend. On Monday, here in the US, we are celebrating Labor Day, so many of us get a day off. Additionally, I decided to take Tuesday off just to extend my relaxation time. I have quite a bit going on this weekend, and so I hope to have a day to myself once everyone else returns to work on Tuesday.

As cliche as that may sound, writing helped me significantly this past week. Even though every so often I consider changing my blogging schedule, I choose to keep it the way it is, because it has a magnificent impact on my well-being. It provides structure and acts as an outlet and a distraction.

Today, I am painfully reminded about the passing time. We do not have an unlimited supply of it. I am not telling you to make decisions you are not ready for and do not feel comfortable with. What I am telling you is to appreciate the time you have and maybe do something special this weekend to savor it. Slow down and smell the roses. Or cow’s farts. Depends on your preference.

Today, I am pleased to prove yet again that things do get better. Sometimes you just have to wait it out. It might be a couple of days, weeks, months, or even years, but it WILL get better. Hang in there! In the meantime, try to make the best of it.

Today, I appreciate the little things in life. The simplest things can often be the answer for which you are looking. I have done quite a bit of writing the past couple of weeks, and a substantial amount of reading. Both actions helped me through the rougher times, as well as the dull times. I have not read as much as I have this year since I was in school. Being consistent with my writing is something I have been rediscovering for the past couple of months and it feels amazing. When you are unsure of what to do, go back to your roots and look there. What you used to do in the past might be a great solution to your current issues.

Is there something you have been pushing to the side that you know you should take care of sooner than later?

How do you feel today?

What are your weekend plans?

Stay golden,

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  1. I’m just reading your bottom.
    What does HW mean again?
    I never knew you’d type yourself as an 8. Interesting. Makes me feel like I know you a whole lot better – which of course I so don’t. Shame I don’t have twitter. It’s not a shame I don’t. It’s a shame I don’t keep in touch or hear more about others through twitter. Although if I can’t keep up with wordpress, imagine how hard it would be if I’d have twitter, facebook and instagram?
    Happy weekend! Oh, that’s what HW means.
    Love, light and glitter
    Sorry, I’m jumping…….:)

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    1. Hashtag Week: The Friday Feeling edition.
      I took the Enneagram and I got the 8 as a result. No results from other tests have described me and explained me so well.

      I’m not the biggest fan of Twitter, but I am definitely trying to get into it to connect with other people. Twitter is very difficult to keep up with. Things change second to second. But I’m trying to tame it even if only a little.

      Jumping is quite alright 🙂 Thank you for coming on this blogging journey with me. Stay golden!

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      1. I think it’s mainly the time commitment involved in blogging that makes people give up, which is understandable as it’s time-consuming. I wonder also if they struggle to find what to write about if they’ve been blogging for a while. As you say, it’s sad to see them go when you’ve connected with them.

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        1. The need for commitment is real indeed. The full scope of blogging (not only writing, but reading and interacting with others) takes quite a bit of time. I think some people hope to get rich fast through blogging, and once that doesn’t workout, they don’t feel like this equation is beneficial for them. Finding what to write about isn’t easy, either. That’s why I could NOT just stick to a single niche. Too confining.

          How have you survived through it all?

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          1. I just take it slow and steady, and try to concentrate less on stats and more on content – that’s what’s important to me. Blogging is an adjunct to my work, not my sole focus. Also, like you, I really enjoy writing.

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    1. Sometimes I do have to force myself. But it’s not because I don’t want to write. It’s because I’m tired and or/ have no inspiration. Even though I can be negative (I call it being real), I do not want to share my negative energy with others when I’m going through a rough patch. Or write something absent-mindedly, because it shows. When in such a state, it’s not easy to detach and think of something you DO want to write about. Sometimes I just take a break. Nothing you can do.

      The best way to get on track is to be honest with yourself. If you get stuck with writing because your life is in shambles, take a break. But don’t continue that break once things start falling back into place. Keep yourself in check. The more I write, the more I write.

      Getting yourself in the right mindset is key for me.

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        1. Last year I took 2 long breaks. 3 and 4 weeks respectively. During the first one I was on vacation and hence away from my computer and the second time I was drafting a novel, so didn’t have much time to write anything else.

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            1. I want to be a writer when I grow up. What I mean by that is that I want to do more in regards to my writing. In order to have a shot at anything like that, I need to keep pushing myself and keep sharpening my skills. This is the only way. That’s my motivation.

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              1. By growing up do you mean the maturity related to age or related to experience? I think you’re on a very good way. You seem to be truly dedicated to writing and you demonstrate that you treat it seriously. I admire your attitude and I wish myself to grow up as well in this matter.

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  2. I like how you have such existential questions pop up so often as you cruise through your days. My Friday was pretty busy with work and then I was stressing about repairing my laptop which I still need to fix by sending it to the manufacturer and then going out to an Asian Market event with my girlfriend and friends, where loads of street food stands were put up. It was a nice and packed day. Good thing today (Saturday) is much, much more calmer. We all need the rest to charge up!

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    1. Existential questions abound. However, sometimes I get so wrapped up in them that I’m not sure if other people understand what I’m trying to say. Or want to for that matter.

      What’s wrong with your laptop? I’d definitely be stressing about THAT. It’s such a useful tool. You need it almost as much as oxygen.

      Asian Market event sounds like a great thing to attend. Probably put you in a food coma. Indeed. I hope for me tomorrow will be the rest day.

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