The human brain has got this awesome power saving mode. Thinking is a shitty business. Running electric pulses through million neurons just to lift the food off the plate in a spoon is what your brain did while you were trying this for the first time. Your brain needs a lot of power to work. But it is smart. When it realises that you are required to do that task too often, it understands and moves the process to a different part where the code is simplified and hardwired. So brain eliminates power consuming, consciously thinking part and yet does the task successfully. If you repeat some task or thought or action over a period, your brain will skip thinking. You won’t even notice how you lifted the food, chewed, swallowed, or changed the gears of your car from first to fifth.
“Time” is the creation of your brain. Your brain gives you a sense of time. Every person has its own understanding of time. You might have heard this, ” Oh, this week felt like a month” after returning from a vacation or “Damn, this month went away too fast!!” Your brain creates this illusion based on the data you give it to. It’s like this; the more you make the brain work, the slow time feels like passing. And making the brain work is, not doing those mediocre routine things again and again, but really making it look at something new, make it think on it, feed it some really challenging thing, no matter how small that challenge is. A vacation can be a challenge too. You are asking your brain to process something that it is getting for the first time. It is processing it and writing a part of your memory. The more different and off-road the brain goes, slower does the time.
So basically, there are two clocks. The one on the wall, that the world runs with. The other of your brain, that you run with. The world will measure your life with that clock on your wall, but if you think carefully, the life measured with your brain is what actually you lived! Unfortunately, the clock in your brain only calculates the time that you have lived in the present. your daydreams don’t count into this because you are simply replaying the same neurons and not creating any effort in your brain.
Close your eyes for a moment. Breathe in deep. Feel the air passing through your nostrils and filling the lungs. Become aware of your surroundings. listen to the various sounds that you are hearing. feel the temperature of the air, feel the gentle breeze flowing across your skin. feel your weight you are putting on the chair. look at the darkness inside the closed eyes. try to figure out that intriguing smell your nose is sensing. the tase that is lingering on your tongue. be aware of all five senses. keep observing for more than a minute and feel every bit of moment.
Open your eyes
you are right now at the most comfortable place on earth. and still, there is so much to live, right? Living in the moment is just the opposite of living in dreams. You need to be conscious of the time that is passing by and the information that your brain is fed with. your brain will force you out of your comfort zone. Living in present initially is like the first drag from the smoke. you will cough a lot. but later it is dope. you will want more. you will get addicted to it and you won’t be able to stick your ass on the sofa.
Easy life sucks, and you won’t even know. You don’t know so many things in the world. Go out, explore them. Put yourself into something you fear about. try doing it. you might fail, so what. you will be proudly living your life! Put yourself on a test. Break your self. Break yourself! fall hard. but remember you have to get up again and move. Nothing but this will make difference to your life. Imagine every bit of time that you have spent on Netflix if was spent on some adventure, even a little one, it would have made a livable memory in your brain. Find adventures around. It is anything that you are afraid of at first place. Be fearless, challenge yourself. The more you break and make yourself, the better you become. Much better than what Netflix and youtube make you, no doubt about that.
And what did I do?
I challenged my fear of writing. I started writing, however I can.
I put myself on
a mountaineering adventure of 8 enduring days.
I challenged my disability of not completing the work I start.
Now, I read books, I write, I study longer than I ever could, I go out on mountaineering, I cook somedays, I workout in the gym regularly, I spend some time of the day doing nothing as well.
It can be small things. You don’t always need to wait for big adventures.
Break yourself so many times that you become unbreakable. THat is the YOU required for bigger adventures. That is when you level up enough to face bigger challenges and difficult times to achieve something that makes you super proud of yourself. Something that will run a spark in your spin when you say the word ‘my life’.