The Art of Being Lazy
Start writing a post

My life is a delicate balance of action and rest. I find that if i go too hard for too long, I burn out. I am, deep down, a very lazy person. I can watch Netflix for hours and I have very little desire to shower unless it's absolutely mandatory. However, I do enjoy my friends and the sunshine and I want to be in relatively good physical shape so I manage to both do the things and sometimes to do none of the things. I think I have it down to an art form.

The hard part is not feeling guilty about the days when I don't put on pants or leave my apartment. I have to remind myself that it's normal to be tired, healthy to rest, and that even when I don't go anywhere I generally get at least a few things done at home. We live in an age where it seems imperative to always be busy. We must always be productive and we must always move from one task, social engagement, or healthy activity to the next.

We are expected to exercise, parent, maintain social lives, give of our time as volunteers (in whatever capacity), work, create, produce, and still somehow sleep. Memes make fun of things like Netflix binges or make light of exhaustion but the reality is that we all feel it. We all want to get the jokes that people make or be a part of the conversation when it comes to movie quotes and T.V. shows. We all want to go to the concerts and on the camping trips and we want to spend the day at the beach, but we also have to work hard in order to be able to play hard. We have jobs that drain us of our energy and sometimes our jobs are hard on our bodies too.

We see these people on Snapchat and Instagram and it dawns on us, "I HAVE TO HAVE A ROCKING BODY OR ELSE!" so we start exercising and we generally want to be able to do it more than we can or more than our time allows, BUT WAIT! We also need to meal prep and only eat healthy organic home cooked meals if we are going to go that route! It is time consuming and life-consuming and none of us, especially not me, have the time to do all of these things.

I have to sometimes miss out on what my friends are doing. I cannot constantly be the mom who has my kids doing activities and in the sun. I am lucky to be able to work out five times per week. I eat out so much more than I would like to admit and a lot of the time my groceries go bad in my fridge. And occasionally, I binge watch Netflix all day long and I don't shower and I restart the dryer 3 or 4 times and I refuse to feel bad about it.

I think that the key here is that I do all of these things. I am active, I have friends, I mom pretty hard, I work, I eat out, I cook, I nap, I clean (when it is embarrassingly dirty and I have to), I do things for other people when I can, and sometimes I don't do anything because I have earned the right to the days when I don't do anything. I have also earned the right to the days when I do everything. I have earned the right to the days that are right in the middle, too. I work hard, I play hard, I nap hard, and I live and love hard.

My life is my own. I get to create the life that I want. I get to be a professional napper and a semi-professional doer and whatever else I want to do. I am eternally grateful for the life I lead.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Olivia White

"The American flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies from the last breath of each solider who died protecting it."

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Separation Anxiety in Pets

Separation anxiety in pets is a real thing and recognizing the warning signs is important.

231300

Since March, Covid-19 required most of the world to quarantine in their homes. Majority of people ended up working from home for nearly five months. This meant pet owners were constantly with their pets giving them attention, playing with them, letting them out etc. Therefore, when the world slowly started to open up again and pet owners began returning to normal life work schedules away from the home, pet owners noticed a difference in the way their pet acted. Many pets develop separation anxiety especially during this crazy time when majority people were stuck inside barely leaving the house.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

373139

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers

1768375

Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments