“We all have the same amount of time – it’s how we use our time that makes the difference.”
Right, I admit it. I’m one of those people. I’ve recently became one of those wankers who meditates in the morning. I started the practice during lockdown as I have always wanted to get into meditation as I felt it would help settle what is typically a scatty mind. It’s great. I wake up, ablute, make a coffee and stick on a 10-20 minute guided meditation. I often take a while to focus, breathe and enter the moment, however once I do 20 minutes flies by and the process really helps me approach the day with a calm mind. I dare say I can feel an increase in my prana (life force energy).
I’m not alone, I’m sure. Many have used this new surplus of time to upskill, learn a language, reorganise their kitchen cupboards or how to crochet – a productive use of time. Then there are those who thought Tik Tok would solve their lockdown boredom issues. These people have little-to-no self respect, seek gratification via the validation of others, have no shame and, apparently, have no desire to do anything useful with their time.
Lockdown has offered us such a sterling opportunity to do something good, to reflect on ourselves and assess what we can do to improve and progress – god knows we need to… It is therefore a shame that idiots have chosen shit dances and dead jokes inspired by vapid celebrities to fill the void, but I suppose it is a fair reflection of the society in which we live.
I know I sound old, cantankerous and depressed but it is a natural reaction to the dumbing-down of a generation. Who cares how many likes you can get for some awkward, badly edited video that makes no-one laugh other than the clan of like-minded followers who operate on a laugh-for-laugh, like-for-like system which just fans the flames and fuels the entirely pointless practice? I don’t have a quick fix for this vacuous obsession, but I’d start by enforcing a reading hour for those at a loose end. Sit down, have a think and read some fucking Orwell.
Watch the excellent Bill Hicks capture my sentiment many moons ago, the maverick.
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