Do you feel like a fragment in a gigantic mechanical machine? Does life at times feel so mundane and all you seek is the thrill for life you once had as a child? We all have our nostalgic moments in which we fantasise of how once everything made you feel alive.
But then came adulthood.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman
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For the sake of our sanity we can consider the following three possible therapies to our contemporary day dilemma.
“Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” Pablo Picasso
Creativity is an emotional release. We tend to accumulate large amounts of emotional baggage for countless reasons and creativity may be the cure. It allows you to break away from the corporate environment and focus on an activity that will release creative energy that lays dormant at times. The results will awaken a part of your life that is innate to humans. Creativity therapy can be achieved by endless means – music, poetry, painting, pottery, dancing, writing even baking. There are really not many limitations.
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs
Do you remember the feeling of awe as a child? Your pure fascination with the world that was ever so magnificent. In modern society we have detached ourselves from Nature. Our relationship with Nature goes far deeper than we can imagine. We depend on Nature. But what we have forgotten is that we do not merely depend on Nature for its resources – -nature is like therapy.
You will never find yourself on top of a mountain with a breath-taking view and a great feeling of significance and beauty and not be in awe. Nor will you be standing in front of a vast ocean in all its glory and not experience a feeling of wonder.
It is this feeling of awe that reminds us that there is still greatness in a time that may feel somewhat mechanical.
“The interior joy we feel when we have done a good deed is the nourishment the soul requires.” Albert Schweitzer
Was your childhood dream to become a corporate junkie? Probably not. At some point we all wanted to be doctors, teachers, firemen, policemen, veterinarians and more. The one collective theme here is that at some point we all wanted to do ‘good’. And perhaps this does not apply to every person. Or perchance it does?
You changed paths with that dream possibly because you wanted to become a successful business executive or entrepreneur. Perhaps you chose a line of work due to the financial benefits.
Volunteering is a great way to get in touch with your childhood dream. You may have the time available to volunteer at your local animal rescue centre or childcare centre. Perhaps you would choose to work with the elderly or possibly at a cultural centre. There are programmes for all sorts of interests. It will give you the opportunity to feel like you are contributing and not just working to earn a salary check every month.
You may not be able to indulge in all therapies – at least one will be enough. These are ways that can make you feel like you have once more discovered a childlike view of the world. A world that makes you stand in awe and allow you to feel part of something more meaningful and less mechanical.