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Me, Myself and I

In this sick, twisted, self-indulgent, immediately satisfiable, reckless, ignorant and foolish society we live in, there is little time for solitude and reflection. Jobs are becoming more and more demanding, people are making themselves exceedingly more available and everything we want is constantly available at our finger tips. Convenient? Yes. Practical? No question. Helpful? Certainly. There is no dispute that as technology and society develops, we as humans have the opportunity to become more efficient and proactive. The question is… what are we becoming efficient and proactive at? Shopping? Providing our friends with instant social gratification? Serving the needs of others? These are things that benefit those around us; not ourselves.

When was the last time you turned off your smart phone, closed your laptop, unplugged the T.V and just sat with your thoughts? Now isn’t that a frightening notion… your thoughts. Are we that afraid of ourselves that we can’t be alone with only our inner monologue for longer than it takes us to go to the bathroom? I certainly hope not.

Life is all about balance. Now, I am far from the perfect example of such, but I definitely attempt to obtain it. All of the aspects of ones existence come into play when striving for a balanced lifestyle. It is so important to be social. Crucial even. Without good, loving people around you, whom which you care about and connect with, life is hardly worth living. It’s always good to have a fulfilling work life. Accomplishment is one of life’s most amazing natural rewards. Who doesn’t need entertainment? Movies, sports, t.v shows and the Internet are all things that majorly assist us in taking the ever-growing edge off life. However, without periods of self-reflection and solitude, we as people lose our sense of self. This (aside from good health) is the most important part of our existence. As humans we need time alone to contemplate, to dream, to feel. Possibility is a notion often perceived negatively, but without the option of reflection we have no opportunity to entertain it positively.

There are many ways to practice the healthy escape of solitude. Some seek it through vacation. Relocating (even temporarily) produces a change of scenery  and thus focus. It allows one to step outside of their day-to-day routine and take a good hard look at their life. If travel does not fit within your monetary guidelines, there are many other methods. A long walk, a relaxing drive or even listening to some music by yourself can help you reconnect with your soul.

The world is changing. Society is transforming every single day. Some things are for the worst, and others for the best. But you as a person only get one life. Make sure you don’t waste it by keeping someone else’s agenda. Be yourself, and take some time to be by yourself.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    “Possibility is a notion often perceived negatively”

    I love that line, and I love what you said. This reason, among so many others, is why I love you dearly lil bro. Great work, great insight, and above all… thank you for the honesty. It’s hard to be so vulnerable, but after one has sat with the thoughts you mention it is great to share them. Thank you and love you slime!

    • Chris Elliott

      Thanks dog. I’m glad you think so as well. Double up slime time. #slimelove.

  • Anonymous

    “Possibility is a notion often perceived negatively”

    I love that line, and I love what you said. This reason, among so many others, is why I love you dearly lil bro. Great work, great insight, and above all… thank you for the honesty. It’s hard to be so vulnerable, but after one has sat with the thoughts you mention it is great to share them. Thank you and love you slime!

  • Anonymous

    Chris, this is my fav blog youve ever done. I really relate with this so much! I grew up an only child so I was very comfortable and used to alone time. So much so some thought it unhealthy. The older I have gotten, the lest alone time I have. Obviously, since I’m married, this is a good thing! That said, I really miss it. Remind me to sit down with you and talk about this stuff.
    Love it man, amazing work.

    • Chris Elliott

      Thanks a lot man. I really appreciate the love dog. It’s really important to me that I have time to myself.

  • Kopal Mukim

    Very well written.
    The Van Gogh painting in the end, made it complete.

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