Is the reason we suddenly feel things are on top of us because a sudden influx of things does actually come raining down on us or is it because we become more acutely aware of time diminishing?
Perhaps it’s neither of these two things. Perhaps it’s the realisation that what we’re doing is meaningless and pointless and only serves to keep us going round and round and round. So how do we break out of it, how do we give meaning to our daily grind without having to justify our very existence? How is it that we’ve become defined by work, by doing ‘stuff for money. There was a time when doing stuff was fun. Was important. I watch my child doing stuff all the time and I’m telling you now, she takes it very seriously.
Maybe that’s what the problem is; we have forgotten to bring the most important element of childhood into our adult lives, the one element that could make all the difference. Learning through doing ‘stuff’. When you’re a kid all you want to do is ‘stuff’ it doesn’t matter what it is, it just matters that you’re doing something, anything. You do stuff until someone tells you it’s time for bed. Then you sleep. Get up and do more stuff. Its endless, a cycle that widens in ever increasing ripples until you’re an adult and begin doing stuff for money that you spend on things to fill time and space that you then take pictures of to look back on when you want to remind yourself of what time and space looks like and so the cycle continues. Stuff, stuff, stuff. It seems to me that the only difference between the ’stuff’ of a child and the ‘stuff’ of an adult is play.
For a child play is central to their being, their learning of the world about them and how they interact and perceive and behave within and without that world. For many adults those elements of play are lost, gone, photographed and tidied away into the recesses of memory. We learn nothing by doing stuff. What a shame. So perhaps that’s what we should think about next time we feel everything is coming in on top of us. Next time we feel under pressure and stressed out we should take time out to play, have fun and enjoy our precious moments as life and time move on without us
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