Growing up, I never really understood what it meant to be stressed. Sure, I felt pressured whenever there were deadlines for essays and projects in school but it really wasn’t the end of the world.
It wasn’t until I ventured out into creating my enterprise that I started to realize what that word really meant.
Whenever I see someone successful – whether that be in their career, business, personal life or wherever, I always saw the glory in their victory; but I failed to see their grit, hard work and sacrifices that they did to get there.
It’s also really silly of me to think that conflicts, obstacles and challenges will stop once you overcome one hump in your life. I’m glad that I’ve come to an acceptance that these things are necessary for progress and change. It keeps life interesting and invigorating.
But during those little humps in life, one can’t really help but be bogged down by the weight of the problems. We are only human after all.
I’ve encountered this in my own personal life that all I ever thought about was to work – work and work… until it came to a point that my health suffered tremendously. That time was definitely a wake up call: a wake up call to regain balance again in my life.
For a long time I’ve been searching to find some balance, and I’m glad to say that I’m finding it. Some people call it – plugging off, reconnecting or a stress relief activity…
I call it my therapeutic activity: my therapy to my stress.
I appreciate all the moments I get to spend on reflection. Reflection on myself, my life, my career and everything else. I also appreciate the moments I get to spend reconnecting with nature or just letting my mind roam free through writing or music.
My favourite one thus far has to be long walks with my favourite canine animal in the world – dogs.
I stumbled upon the dog shelter by accident. One day, my brother asked me whether or not I wanted to come with him to the dog shelter to walk the dogs. They were lacking in volunteers, and not really knowing what to expect – I trusted my gut and went with him.
When I walked in the shelter, I felt like I was at home. I realized I had so much passion for these animals who were alone and left behind.
Looking at these dogs who probably had either a traumatic life or owners who gave them up for whatever reason, I definitely had a lot of things to learn from them.
These animals are perfect examples of carpe diem – living in the moment. It didn’t matter what happened to them in the past. If you love them now, they’ll love you too.
As I took these dogs out for walks and took care of them, there was an undeniable sense of peace I felt in my heart as I stood beside them. There’s a strange calming sensation I feel from the dogs, and whenever I look at them and they look at me back with their beady eyes, somehow… I feel so reassured.
This has been the best therapy to me so far.