Whenever it feels like I might drown under all the pressure I’m putting on myself, I look up at the sky and notice the clouds, the rain, the stars, the sun. It doesn’t matter what the sky is doing – it reminds me that I have to keep calm and take things as they come. At times I put far too much pressure on myself, and if I haven’t achieved something in a day, I’ll feel frustrated. For example, I’ve set myself certain deadlines for writing and researching different projects and at the same time I have to look for jobs and according to the jobcentre, make a note of everything I do to show I’m actively looking for work. I’m beginning to feel a bit confused about where my priorities lie, and the steps I need to take to get there. That is why looking up at the sky, taking a breath and taking some photos helps me to relax. It uncoils that little knot of tension inside me that insists on doing things now, now, now. Some things are more important than others, but other times, you have to do what makes you happy. Doing what makes you happy leads to fulfilment and reminds you that life isn’t all about the fast lane. Take the time to notice the things around you – breathe in the air, feel the breeze on your face, the wind trying to push you over, see the branches whipping back and forth and the clouds racing in the sky.
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. ~ John Ruskin