When was the last time you sat down and just breathed in nature? Or had a heartfelt conversation with someone? For me, it had been a while. Being the New Yorker that I am, I constantly feel a pressure to be working on something. It’s hard to simply sit down and relax when time is of the essence especially in New York. This constant drive to be doing something changed drastically when I recently took a trip out to the West Coast, California.
Immediately life was slower but I was still in that New York state of mind, trying to rush everywhere, do everything and had no patience for how slow everything was. Life became more relaxed, however I didn’t feel relaxed. I felt tension in my body from trying to force life to be faster. Luckily my friends pointed this out to me and I soon realized they were right, I simply just needed to relax and enjoy the scenery. Sure it wasn’t New York, but there was a beauty to how Californians live. Once I realized this I really started to let go of that New Yorker energy and accept that this was going to be my life for a few days.
I felt happier and lighter and definitely more relaxed. I didn’t feel the urge to be doing something in my down time. Instead I spent hours talking to my friends and relaxing by the beach. It was the first time in a long time that I stopped, put my responsibilities aside and just enjoyed the moment.
Sometimes it’s hard to remember to enjoy our lives and find beauty in our environments. I think the biggest lesson for me from this trip was to relax and understand that everything happens at the right pace.
What are some ways you can enjoy your life despite daily responsibilities? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Take a walk even if it’s during your lunch break.
2. Get some sunshine! Go to the beach or the park with some friends or your loved ones.
4. Listen to music
5. Have a conversation with good friends.
As Abraham Lincoln once said,”In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln