A lifetime’s worth

Floating house, Lake Sebu © Jojie Alcantara

Floating house, Lake Sebu © Jojie Alcantara (click to view large)

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest.  It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” ~ David Attenborough

Floating house and fisherman in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
© Jojie Alcantara 2013

Whenever I am down (the artist in me gets into bouts of depression periodically for no reason at all), I try to remember the reason I get up early morning to catch memorable landscapes and scenes, and I bounce back to my cheery self. Purged of negative thoughts, I start living in the present, and enjoying the NOW, dismissing anxiety of the past and fear of the future.

If you are bogged down with that routine work you are in, try taking a break. Walk out the door and breathe, gather your thoughts. If you are as impulsive as I am, head for some exciting, unknown destination or do something entirely novel to you. It may be a new cafe around the street corner, see a movie in town, learn how to blog, or drive to a tourist spot two hours away. Depends on your comfort zone.

If you are a nutcase like me, try taking a 5 hour ride to another city at midnight and come back the next day (okay I had an excuse, I was on a magazine travel assignment with a deadline).  If you feel more reckless, you will buy a two-way ticket to nowhere for a day or two (and worry if your boss will kick your a**).

This momentary “glitch” in our routinary lifestyle keeps us well-oiled. Taking a sudden break from a monotonous schedule helps. It clears our brain “caches”, deletes unused data (read: excess emotional baggage) and tells us we’re just fine and in working order. When we come back down to earth, we face our workload and responsibilities with renewed energy. For those who dare not risk it, a coffee break is ample chance to recollect scattered thoughts. For others, though, it takes a sudden change of lifestyle —leaving a job, having a relationship, or travel — to find oneself.

It’s like a human RESET button, only most times, we’re reluctant to press it. Most often, it is the fear of taking chances or commitment that paralyzes us. We don’t realize we are at breaking point until it’s too late.

The question you ask yourself is, “Am I worth the risk?”  Well, we only have one lifetime each to find out.

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