As soon as we hit vacations and we’re one step out the school's red door we automatically close the learning chapter, cause...we’ll continue with that in a while. It’s OUR time: we want to disappear from our academics and get a the reward we deserve; transport, whether we’re traveling or not, into a relaxing state that we call “doing nothing”. After all, we deserve it. we’ve suffered beautifully for a few months now; we’ve devoted innumerable hours to projects and study and once our report cards are out we are finally: FREE.
From past experience, even if a month seems eternal, August comes faster than a bullet and there’s nothing more frustrating than knowing that you haven’t accomplished anything productive in a month. So, aside from setting time to focus on college applications and homework, I believe, that it’s the perfect time to enrich your own self, not simply by dedicating time to family, friends or hobbies but building a habit that will make you a more complete individual.
Now, for this past seven days, I had decided that my habit would be running every morning. Why? Because during school time I never gave myself time to do sports and miraculously once a semester when I finally prioritized it, the outcome was feeling INCREDIBLE. I figured, it was the only way to forget about everything, to sweat off my stress, a state where I was alone with with my thoughts in clarity and a where the best epiphanies ringed effortlessly in my head. I also intended to experience this state daily l because aside from the awesome feel, after it, my overall productivity rocketed.
Today, I have to accept that it didn’t work out as I planned. You see, in vacations you cannot always plan a specific time where you’ll definitely be free, and I found that it’s more fun when you practice sports as they come up. In a positive note, this was not necessarily an “issue”, but a situation I had to solve to meet my purpose of living healthy vacations without stress. The thing was that I came across situations where I waked up in the morning and friends told me to go with them for a bike ride, or nothing related to sports like eating break fast but later on hit Zumba classes with grace. Here’s the catch, I was active anyways, but there was no plan attached and I realized I kind of liked that aspect of living day to day and simply going with the flow.
For this reason, I’ve decided to make my habit be becoming an observer. I’ve always been inspired by the popular Instagram and Facebook site “humans of NY” because the people leading it live their lives observing a crazy-rushed city which's thousands of details could also rush past undiscovered alongside it’s people.
This is exactly what I would love to have the opportunity to do here in Lima, not necessarily with people but instead just spotting the simple glimpses of life: a random thing I run into, a frame that naturally inspires me, a surprising event, symmetry out of nowhere.
I remember reading somewhere that If you captured one positive detail of your day-to-day you’ll become happier and THAT I figured was a small act that cumulatively had the power to make my break a meaningful one, and when I rest on my pillow I could be satisfied.
<< So, to begin this challenge here’s my first picture of the month.
July winter picture #1:
Monday. July 7. 2014.