It’s Okay to be Lazy

by | May 24, 2020 | Comic, COVID-19

The Story:

Quarantine started off with a bang. If we were all shutdown, why not make the most of it? We finally had all of this time to accomplish things we couldn’t have before. It was time to learn a language, get some certifications, workout every day, experiment in the kitchen, and plant a glorious garden. Not many of these have happened yet, and I’m sure that I’m not alone. Which sucks because it adds to the COVID spiral. Not only are we cut off from many of the things we love to do but we continuously beat ourselves for not using this time ‘wisely’.
A call from a friend realigned my perspective. He told me that this is a stressful time, for obvious reasons, and “it’s okay to be lazy. You might need to be lazy.” I never thought about it like that before. Everything is paused. Why not take a second to pause too? If I don’t feel like being productive today, why fight it? My brain could use the break. COVID worrying takes enough energy as it is. Why deepen the spiral by putting unnecessary pressure on my mental health? A bit of laziness can recharge my battery instead of pumping the rest of my energy into learning Esperanto.

My Two Cents:

COVID has created the great pause. Take a second to pause yourself. Our ‘normal’ lives are hectic anyway so why force this time to be hectic as well. I know it’s difficult. The need to squeeze every ounce of productivity from our day is deeply ingrained into American culture and we feel guilty if we take a couple hours to ourselves. Just think about that for a second though…. A couple hours a day all to yourself. You could read a book. You could take a nap in the sun. You could take a long walk through the streets of the city you thought you knew. You could think and do absolutely nothing. Constant productivity ruled yesterday. All of those rules have been thrown out the window. Life doesn’t have to be forced or a grind anymore. In this moment, life can be spent clearing your mind. It can be spent recharging your batteries. It can be spent doubling down on the relationships around you. It can be spent identifying every cloud that is shaped like an animal. With no need to post any of it to Instagram™.  
Give yourself permission to be lazy. Even if it is only once in awhile.
Nathan Lieberman

Nathan Lieberman

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After two years of continuous travel through forty-four countries over five continents, Nate now returns to the US ready to pass on what he’s learned throughout his journey through the Millennial Moose™ blueprints.

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