Isn’t it crazy that we live in a world where nothing is ever stagnant? There is never a moment where everything just stops, just exists, just lives, just to be. Whether we look at other people, at our screens, at the sky, at the world spinning literally underneath our feet – even though we can’t feel the weight of its energy – it’s like something is telling us that it’s never enough. It’s never enough just to stand still. And is that perhaps where humankind have gone wrong?
When we look at phones, for example, there is always a latest edition. We are constantly on edge for the next upgrade. There is always a next. There has to be. It drives sales. But where does it end?
Perhaps a world where everything really did stand still wouldn’t be a world at all. If nothing functioned by moving forward, how would we survive? How would we live to see another day if the water we drink and the food we eat relies on so many processes that need updates, need a push and pull, need drivers? It’s inevitable.
But amidst all the chaos of an updating world, we crave that quiet. Whether we realise it or not, we need it. Our body needs it. Our mind needs it. In a society that is constantly updating, we need to remind ourselves that we, too, don’t have to constantly update with it. The world will go on, and we must go on too, but we mustn’t let ourselves be dragged down by the desire to constantly change. Sometimes we can just be. Sometimes we can just watch as the world spins around us. And sometimes that’s the greatest change we can ever make. To do nothing. And to enjoy it.
Recently, I listened to Dr Chatterjee’s podcast “Feel Better Live More”, and in one episode they were talking about digital devices. His guest speaker Adam Alter said: “Every now and again we should try spending time in a room where we don’t know what year it is.”
Wow, I found it so powerful. So inspiring. And what he means by this isn’t that we genuinely forget what year it is, but that all the devices that make it obvious that it’s 2021 (phones, ovens, TV’s, the lot) are gone. And when you really think about it, there aren’t many moments in our life where this is the case. How many minutes of every day do you spend in a space without a technological device? It’s only when we go out in nature, when we leave those devices behind, that we feel free in a way that is unexplainable. When we are no longer attached to our own era, we are no longer attached to any limitations. We can think and be whoever we choose to be, whoever we want to be. And I think that’s pretty amazing.
Amidst all of society’s updating, I think the past year has been the first time that the world has really sat down to listen to its own sound. It’s the first time we’ve looked out the window and not tried to mirror the advances of the world. We’ve let things take their course in a way that we never have before. For the wrong reasons, yes – because we haven’t had any control over it – but also because we’ve had the time and true quiet to embrace it.
I think when we sit amongst all the world’s advances, there are so many great things we can notice. Video calls have enabled us to keep in contact. Screens have helped us to share our truth to the world, much like I’m doing right now. So, no, society updating is never fully a bad thing. It’s a good thing. It’s a mighty thing. We just have to learn to carve out our space within it. Somewhere quiet. Somewhere warm. Somewhere where we can hear our hearts speak. Somewhere we can be. Simply. Somewhere where we can… just…. be.
Where is your favourite place to just be?