Kairosclerosis by Emily Castrechino

A few nights ago, around five in the evening, the first of many gentle snowflakes fell from the sky, causing time to seemingly halt. The grey/purple of the night sky had already taken over, and as I sat in the car with my headphones plugged in – somnolent melodies sitting in my ears – I was gently reminded that no matter who or where we are, each and every one of us needs a time in our lives where we can just stop for a moment. A time to breathe, connect, observe. A time of our own.

With the quick shift of seasons and the holidays coming up, stress is inevitable in all of our lives. Christmas shopping, last minute assignments prior to the winter break, tying up any loose ends; we’ve all been there and we all know how much of a weight can be placed on our shoulders due to our own personal burdens. So, in lieu of this post, I’d like to invite you all to find a moment in your day where you can sit, relax, and take time for yourselves.

Ever since the end of September, I’ve felt as if my life has been a whirlwind of chaos. People have walked right into my life, and just as easily, have walked right back out; I’ve opened and closed countless doors of opportunity; nothing has seemed to stop, a plethora of events happening one after another, itching at my skin as if trying to finally escape. I found myself suddenly fixing problems that weren’t my own, and it was only recently where I finally came to the recognition that:

  1. I need to look after myself first and foremost, and
  2. I need to take a moment in my day to allow myself to breathe.

It was a Saturday night when these thoughts began to appear; sitting with friends over cold coffee and live music. The week had been a particularly busy one, assignment after assignment piling on top of one another all whilst coming to terms with who was healthy in my life and who was not. There was a brief moment where I solely believed that this was it; this was my life and there was nothing that could be done about it. However, after waking up from my night out with exuberant people, it dawned on me that nothing is forever, and even the hard times eventually fade away.

That day, I woke up feeling rather refreshed and open to everything around me. I literallyallowed myself to breath, and I still thank myself continuously. Anxiety is a weight that sits heavy in my chest, this is nothing new to me or anyone around me, but this mere outing elicited a sense of clarity – a sense of serenity, tranquility and equanimity – to overshadow that weight and instead, allow me to reflect. A moment with friends resulted in redamancy towards myself, and I am forever grateful.

I suppose the main point I am trying to get across is that we all need to slow down in our lives, as it is only for the better. Tests and essays may need to be written, and conflicts may rise even between the best of friends, but I am telling you, these situations are difficult to avoid and dwelling on them only continues to drain you. So, whether it be going for a walk down the street, a night out with your friends, or even a drive with someone close to you, take that moment and make it yours. Forget about the stresses in your life, eliminate those who negatively affect you, and allow yourself to slow down; I promise, you won’t regret it.

Until next time,
Emily

Copyright © 2015 Daniella Beca MyCompositionNotebook

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