Do you ever climb into bed, look at the ceiling and question what you’ve actually done today, almost like you are living life on autopilot? Get up, go to work, come home, watch tv, go to bed, repeat. Sound familiar?
Every now and again, I feel like I am watching my life through someone else’s eyes, simply observing, with no control over anything. Be it through lack of desire to change or simply no time to stop and reflect. But I know this is my brain playing tricks. In fact, I am the only one who has the power to change my life, no one else can do it for me. If I want to spend more time outside, I must be the one to open the door. If I want to learn a new language, I must first learn to say hello. Time may be a factor in how quickly I can achieve these things, but there is still the same 24 hours in a day that there always has been. Yet, we seem have less and less time for us? Or is this just an excuse?
On average, we spend between 1-2 hours on social media a day! Spread that across the year and we could be spending a whole month of our year on social media and very little to show for it. To be honest most of the time I couldn’t even tell you what I see on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I’ve seen a few cute baby videos and stared longingly at some stringy cheese masterpiece, but at what expense? I spend a lot of that time comparing my real life to other people’s filtered social snapshots and thinking of all the thing I wish I could do, wish I could be but not doing anything about it because oh look, there’s another 3-minute video of a baby elephant learning to walk and before I know it, it’s late and I need to sleep.
Life is more demanding and faster paced that ever before, but if I manage to find an hour a day to look at memes and cute puppies, I can afford myself 10 minutes of my day to STOP!
And in this instance, I don’t mean to do nothing. I mean stop take a step back, look at your life and write down what you want to achieve, it can be anything from get a new job, relax more, read more, learn to draw, speak to family. Then, every day find that 10 minutes and do something which could help you to get to that goal. Those few precious minutes may not seem like much, but every minute counts when working towards something you deserve and something that could make all the difference.
Now, I’m not saying that we should delete our social media profiles. Social media is a wonderful tool for many of us, and it has its place. I’m saying those 10 minutes can reset your mind, get you that dream job or bring you closer to loved ones. They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert, but every one of those hours starts with 10 minutes.
So, here is what I ask of you. Take those 10 minutes out of your day, forgo social media and see where that 10 minutes takes you. It could be the first steps to learning a new skill, or it could be the first steps in finding your happiness. I’ll be documenting my progress with you guys through this blog and on my social media, so please, comment below to share your stories, and use #tidetaketen to show me what you’ve achieved!
Mermaid kisses and Starfish wishes,