It is amazing to think about the amount of pressure we put on ourselves. Pressure to do more, be our best selves and achieve as much as we can. In the day to day rhythms of life it seems normal until we simply can’t keep up. We become emotional, burdened and tired, but cannot seem to pinpoint why. Life is too overwhelming and we fall into a slump of inactivity, going from one extreme of doing too much to another extreme of doing nothing. It’s possible this is just the way I experience life, but I don’t think I am alone.
Our society puts an immense amount of value on constantly being busy while whispering in our ears that we are not good enough. Wow is that a bummer of a combination! If I take a nap, I instantly feel guilty or behind for the other tasks I should have been doing. If I go a week without blogging (hello last week), I believe the lies that I will lose followers and the hard work put in up to this point. After a long day at work, my mind has a hard time resting and being okay with taking a break. Friends, I don’t believe this is how we were intended to live.
We are so distracted by what we think we are supposed to be doing that we miss living the life set before us. Our to-do lists dominate plans instead of allowing room to be spontaneous and say yes to anything not on the schedule. As soon as one task is completed, ten more are added. How easy it is to move on instead of sitting, processing and celebrating. Does this hustle sound familiar?
Again, maybe this post is simply preaching to myself, but I encourage you to think about your own life. Where are you stretched too thin? What pressure are you experiencing? Where is that pressure coming from? When was the last time you felt content with where you are and what you are doing? If we truly want to live in the less is more mentality, then we need to move past simply making capsule wardrobes and let this mindset permeate our hearts. Take the pressure off. Believe that less is more. Try to be who you are, where you are, in this exact moment.