Do not fear boredom.

I remember rushing home from school, flinging my school shoes off and collapsing onto my bed. Staring at the ceiling for what seemed five minutes, and dreaming up some unrealistically splendid thoughts and scenarios; being married to Zac Efron, being able to pause time, being a spy, a singer, all those great things. Those five minutes were actually two hours and the sun would be setting on a pale candy floss lit sky.

Lying on my bed, floating in the pool, sitting on the grass; I would travel to Russia, I would meet new people, try new things. I would daydream up a life that one day I would hopefully live, or daydream up a life that I would never be able to live.

Now trying to remembering the last time I just did nothing, well I wouldn’t be able to tell you.

Work. Instagram. Work. Facebook. Work. Eat. Some new ‘have to watch series’. Sleep. Pub. Club. Coffee date. Maybe run. Probably not run. Some new ‘have to watch series’. Pinterest. Side hustle. Repeat.

If I were to do an audit of my life, the results would come back as busy, boarding on cluttered. Cluttered with things and stuff and this and that. Just. So. Much. Stuff. I call it stuff because I don’t really know what ‘it’ is. It’s a miscellaneous category. This miscellaneous category is born out of a fear to be bored, afraid to be lazy, afraid of wasting time, not building my career, or making new friends.

I miss daydreaming, living slowly and simply, being content. Daydreaming is actually conducive to creativity. To be still is good for you. Good for your brain, your relationships, your career. I obviously found this out because I was bored, so went on an obsessive  Googling spree, but the point is I arrived at a great webpage and a great place, and a great thought that got me thinking. That got me daydreaming, that got me embracing boredom. Boredom isn’t just boredom, it’s a state of being still, a healthy pause. It’s something that we’ve redefined as bad but I think we need more boredom.

Stop filling up your mind with stuff, give it space, let it wander.

Summer Day Optimism

A blue sky, a clear slate, a brighter day, a brighter hue. A sense of adventure captured from a ray of warm sun. When Miss.Fitzgerald serenaded us with Summertime Livin’, she was right, in summer the living is easy. There’s just something to be said about dresses, sandals and pool soaking days. A sense of freedom from your mind to your feet, Mother Nature’s treat.

Thou shalt not covert thou ideas  

‘I thought of it first.’
‘They stole my idea.’
 
If I have learnt anything in the past few years, it is that there is no such thing as a unique or original thought. There’s a reason why similar ideas are forever popping up. Now I do not pretend to know the exact reason why that is, I won’t even pretend to baffle you with theories, scientific or anthropologic that would explain it, but I do have my own beliefs.
 
I believe that every thought that is thought is put into the universe, available for anyone’s mind to wander upon. It’s a first come, first serve scenario. And instead of running a competitive creative race, why don’t we put our thoughts together and make something bigger than ourselves?
 
The first step? Don’t be precious about your ideas.
The second step? Don’t be a douche.
With those steps covered, I think we’d be closer to a more progressive and innovative society. If we became more obsessed with moving forwards, as opposed to getting there first, I think perhaps we’d be moving closer to that ‘world peace’ thing pageant winners are forever going on about.
 
Let’s be ‘creative communists’, sharing thoughts and ideas. Collectively moving towards a common goal. Let’s tear down creative capitalism, that will by nature always serve people’s agendas instead of people’s needs.