Puzzles are relaxing and challenging. They are not Netflix or movies. They keep my mind occupied well, challenge me in a different way than the spreadsheets on the job, and also test my motor skills in a different capacity than the keyboard and mouse I am constantly using. If you ask me, adults need more acitivites like this in their lives, to do both solo and with family/friends. Yes, we all say we are too tired after work and chores but it is a really relaxing and soothing exercise, mentally and physically (like reading which I also advocate for heavily). Feels so good after.
I have been wanting to find some good puzzles to work on for a while but I did not get a chance to go shopping and browse around for something that got me excited. My brother moved out a few months ago and I was looking around his room for some papers but found this instead. I got super excited and thought it was meant to be.
I sent my brother this picture, asked him if I could have it (with full intention of taking it no matter what the response) and started working on it the same day. I love those wonderful moments where the universe hands me what I have been wanting. It just sets the mood right; for a forgetful person like me, it is most often money or candy that I misplaced somewhere for a pleasant surprise in the future. I accept these situations quite happily but this is also why I need more brain exercise so here I was, unable to focus on anything but the puzzle.
This took me less than two hours over three days. I always felt like I was stealing time from work or making dinner or some errand. I want to give more time to activities like this as a priority. I shouldn’t feel bad about not doing something with “productive” results. Hobbies like this actually have the capacity of long-term benefit to make me more energetic, effective and efficient.
It is sad how I enjoyed this and when I read a good book, I reminisce these activities as fun from my childhood. Why is the role of adults to always be busy and hustling or too tired to do anything? I entered the working world with so much excitement for adulting and ambition to impact the organizations I work for and the people around me. The rat race just sneaks into your minds and morphs these attitudes into something so exhausting and demotivating.
I derailed a bit. But one little puzzle really did bring all that to me. So, here is to doing things that make us happy and valued and complete and of healthy body and mind.
- Find a proper place to put the complete structure in the house.
- Plan some recreational activities. Explore different options for new experiences or relaxing and rejuvenating mind and body.
- Prioritize adequate time for these in my week.
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