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Make the most of every day - Tactical Ninja

Jul. 15th, 2015

09:37 am - Make the most of every day

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Live in the moment.

You're a long time dead.

Squeeze as much as you can from life.

Don't just exist - live!

Dunno about you, but I feel like I'm bombarded with these inspirational messages pretty much constantly. In fact, every moment is filled with exhortations to make the most of it. Websites proclaim 10 Simple Steps To Make The Most Of Every Day!, cheerily providing lists of rules for how you too can go about cramming more life into your life.

Fuck that noise.

No, I'm serious. And yes, I know I'm the poster child for taking on too much, fitting more in, waking up at stupid o'clock and micro-scheduling so I can get more stuff done. Which is one of the reasons that being told I ought to run out and look at the pretty sunset makes me grumpily go "No, YOU run out and look at the pretty sunset!"

Don't get me wrong, I've nothing against sunsets, nor against the idea of consciously seeking to add valuable experiences to your life. But I'm getting the impression that it's becoming seen as a virtue that we should all strive towards, and to me that smells horribly like the protestant work ethic packaged up in hippy shit. Striving for a virtue sounds like work to me - and I should bloody know, strive is pretty much my middle name.

You know what? My life is no less rich for not having observed very many gorgeous sunsets (or sunrises). I'm ok with missing parties* and often choose inane mindless games over worthy literary fiction, trashy media over yoga, and crap food over eating healthy.

Because feeling like I'm obliged to milk every moment for its last drop of usable experience is EXHAUSTING. I think leaving the moment-milk where it is, is a valid option, and I'm getting kind of tired of the idea that anything less than 100% mindfulness 100% of the time is not really living.

I call bullshit, actually. My life is made up of a lot of stuff, and some of the stuff I find the most fulfilling is the bits in-between, when I'm not doing anything big or impressive. Succumbing to the couch's gravitational forcefield has a joy and beauty all its own, that's all the more sweet for the lack of effort involved.

So seriously, YOU go look at the sunset. I'll be here, on the couch, not milking. It's relaxing.

* I do suffer from the inbuilt need to have an excuse. "I don't enjoy parties, struggle making small talk with people, hate loud music unless it's at a rave, and I don't want to go" doesn't seem to cut it. Guess what my excuse always is? You guessed it - too busy.

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From:fbhjr
Date:July 14th, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC)
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If the couch is positioned right you might be able to see the sunset...
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From:ecosopher
Date:July 15th, 2015 01:10 am (UTC)
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I know what you mean. I used to be well into that inspiration stuff but I'm such a cynic now. Haha. I mean, yes, there are times to take time out and watch the sunset, but it's not essential viewing for everyone. You can still relax without having to subscribe to everybody's else's idea of what is enjoying life.
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From:richaarde
Date:July 15th, 2015 02:20 am (UTC)
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Some of my happiest moments were spent in bed, sleeping late. Unplugging needs to be done sometimes, even if it's unproductive.
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From:meathiel
Date:July 15th, 2015 05:28 am (UTC)
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I like my days as they are, thank you very much!
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From:spiral_meter
Date:July 15th, 2015 05:29 am (UTC)
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I don't think trying to squeeze every bit of inspiration out of everything you encounter is possible for most people. although, I do believe that you should do at least one thing every day that makes you happy.

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From:kehleyr
Date:July 17th, 2015 01:19 pm (UTC)
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Well... I do understand and I also agree with you... I guess my problem is... I'm not mindful enough (for me)... I tend to worry too much instead of just being here and now. So I definitely understand all the talk about going outside to see the sunset or whatever... but that is certainly not for everyone... everyone has to find what they feel the most fulfilled about in life... it could be work for some... for others it's sitting silently on a couch not doing anything... anyway... not sure I'm making sense :-). Just wanted to respond with I totally hear ya!
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From:adam_0oo
Date:July 31st, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Yeah man, life is about that balance. I dislike being too busy because there is no time to relax. Then, when I have too much time to relax, I get bored.

Sunsets are nice, but really, sunrises are what is annoying. Because you have to be up SO early to see them. Fuck that.
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