This past weekend was Homecoming at my University. I didn't go.
A seemingly easy decision to make, it was hard to decide whether to go or not because I felt obligated just because of the word "home" - language plays a large role in my life. I kept wondering, "Was I not apart of my Trent family if I didn't attend?" "What would I miss out on?" "Would I regret it if I didn't go?"
It now being Monday, and homecoming having passed, and everyone hungover as hell diving into a new week, I can say with ease that I don't regret not going.
These types of events honestly remind me of school dances - particular prom - or any overrated holiday like New Year's Eve or Valentine's day; it's only a big deal that you don't go if you make it to be. Because I recognized that the activities of homecoming didn't really suit my personality-type, I was able to feel peaceful about my decision making. Peer pressure doesn't cease to exist as you get older, in fact it can become more difficult to brush off. However, if you are sure of yourself, and know yourself well enough, saying "no" to things you don't really want to go to, becomes a heck of a lot easier.
This is not to say I don't have love and pride for my school, but not a strong love with/for alcohol; it is unfortunate to me that this is what HOCO revolves around. I know this may be beginning to sound redundant, but it just makes me wonder how many other students out there are like me in the inside, but feel as though they have to portray something different on the outside..?
So what did I do this weekend instead, you might be wondering? Physically, absolutely nothing. Mentally, I tried very hard to do a lot of work that's been piling up, and I honestly couldn't even bring myself to get it all done, just because my entire embodiment was exhausted. Being unproductive is okay sometimes though, this is your body telling you to slow down and just crash. Sometimes we need a reboot. The problem with my need for a reboot, was that I went almost three weeks just continuously traveling and working, so I was bound to burnout.
On this note, I think it's important for you, reader, to consider how you might alleviate any stress you can to avoid this complete crash. It isn't wise to keep going and going until you drop, and after these last couple weeks I think I've finally learned my lesson on that. It's okay to take things off your plate, and make time to do nothing.
Nothingness can be essential to how you live within your own body, and discover new things about yourself. Life is largely about making money come in, sure, but it's also about investing in yourself, your soul, and your Experience in the body you're in.
So we got a little spiritual this early afternoon, I hope that's alright; as always, I just want to try my best to inspire you and set you off on the right track with a good 'ol #MotivationalMonday !
Love, Light & Peace