hey lovelies. it has been a minute since i have posted. if i am being honest, i have been feeling depleted for a number of reasons. i have been shitting bricks over the upcoming election, i am back at work full time (and seeing my students be in rough shape after being out of school for so long breaks my heart), the heat and air quality in california has been actual trash, more innocent black men are being killed at the hands of the police and it just seems like the amount of grief, loss and trauma has been immeasurable.
i was asked recently how i would describe 2020 in three words. my answer? tumultuous, unpredictable relentless.
even with those words ringing true for me, i have seen so many people pushing themselves to “be productive” – but what does that mean? i think there are plenty of ways to be productive. every person isn’t spending quarantine learning how to cook, sew, start a business or train to be a body builder. for some, being productive is carving out time to do things that bring you joy or that are good for you. maybe it is taking a long bath or having a dance party in your living room. maybe it is is a virtual happy hour or reading a book. maybe it is organizing a closet or starting a compost bin. maybe it is nothing at all.
that’s right, maybe it is nothing at all.
“note to self: rest is productive. rest is productive. rest is productive. rest is productive. rest is productive. rest is productive.” -wise words from one of my favorite twitter accounts
rest, is in fact, productive. in order to be able to tackle that lengthy to do list or to have energy to take care of ourselves & others, rest is vital. sometimes, that is exactly what we need. sometimes, the dishes, dusting and taking out the trash can wait. the world will not stop spinning if you turn off your alarm clock on your day off work.
how do you define productivity?