Lifestyle, Mental Health

Stagnancy

In the last couple of weeks I’ve been feeling a bit…stagnant, which got me thinking, why do we feel that way? At what point does everything we have experienced pile up and make us feel…motionless?

It’s so easy to look at other people’s lives and think, ‘Wow they really have their life together. What am I doing with mine?’ and to forget that we very rarely see the true nature of someone’s daily lifestyle. We don’t see their struggles if they choose to keep those aspects of their lives private. There’s something so  fascinating with that fact because we’re all aware that no one’s life is all sunshine and lollipops, but we are so quick to push that little reminder out of our minds and to focus solely on the things we don’t have but that someone else does have.

Stagnancy is a horrible feeling, especially in a world where everything travels at the speed of light. To feel that you are stuck in one place while everyone else around you are progressing takes a toll on your mental and emotional health.

I do think stagnancy, as uncomfortable as it is, is also somewhat a blessing in disguise. It forces you to evaluate your lifestyle choices, to really sit down and look at what’s working and what’s not working in your life. Sometimes what we need is that swift kick to the butt from reality, and I think stagnancy is one of those kicks.

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Lifestyle

The Act of Thrifting

Thrift stores and Salvation Armies galore. Having recently cleaned out my wardrobe, it occurred to me that by us consumers “thrifting”, how much are we taking away from those who are in need?

Now let me clear something up. By ‘us consumers’ I mean the average working individual who has the financial means to support him/herself. When we go thrifting how much of an impact do we make? On one hand our second hand purchases helps bring profit to the organization, who then in turn use it to support themselves and their community. On the other hand, when we purchase these inexpensive goods what message are we sending across to individuals who do depend on thrift stores? Are we unintentionally saying, “Look, I thrift because I can” ? Naturally when we thrift we take away available stock but my concern lies in what are the consequences of our actions? Or are there no consequences?

I don’t think we approach thrifting with the intent of embarrassing or hindering others who need the help, but I also don’t think we have really considered anything beyond “just thrifting.”

This is just a little food for thought, so feel free to give me your thoughts.

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Observations

An Observation: Jamming in the Car

Singing and dancing in your seat whilst in your car, we all do this, don’t we? I’ve always found it quite intriguing just how comfortable we can get when in our personal mode of transportation. It is almost as if the car acts like a personal bubble of space; as long as I remain in this said bubble, I can sing as loudly as I want and dance as much as I can (in a confined seat of course). This is quite hilarious, as your car is nothing more than a metal frame with windows that make up 50% of the entire vehicle.

Arms waving, shoulders shimming, you name it.  It’s reckless abandon when a good song comes onto the radio. No longer do you fear that your voice is not up to par. You’re proud of it, and have no shame. No proper dance moves? No problem, just wave those arms around to some sort of beat.

What are your thoughts?

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