Space + Time
If there’s anything we Americans want more of, it’s space and time. We want bigger homes, more land, high ceilings, more bedrooms, more time, longer weekends, more freedom… I have told myself for years that I was a slave to space and time, these two universal substances I had no control over. They were my boundaries, my obstacles, my setbacks.
Last week, when I missed posting, I got a big dose of one of the universe’s lessons: space and time are the same thing, and what we experience of them is what we’ve created.
Since moving to Roanoke, I’ve been desperately trying to create a morning routine — and failing miserably. Meditation, exercise, pre-10am shower times…they’ve all disappeared. Instead, I’ve been sleeping until 7am (late if you consider I used to get up at 4:40am) and then working almost from the moment I wake up until I go to sleep. I’ve been feeling stressed and irritable and depressed.
I’ve been doing it to myself.
I let space and time control me. I felt subject to its limitations, bound by them.
So this week, I’ve decided to reclaim my power and to create space and time in my life — for the things I love to do, for the people I love, for time just to breathe and be. I already feel happier and more free.
Have you ever let space and time control you? How did you break those chains? (Extra advice welcome!)
4 thoughts on “Space + Time”
Space and time. I’ve found the older I get, the more I like the idea of a smaller living space. I like the coziness, the warmth. I don’t think I’ll design a big house when I get the chance to; it will be sized just right lol.
But the time thing; this I struggle with too. Whenever I add something new into my life, like yoga recently, it throws me off. I have to get back to writing and finding balance with everything. But it takes time to find that balance. I think it’s okay to accept that things take time. Sometimes it is going to control you for a while and I think those are the instances when something needs to be changed/learned. So don’t feel rushed. It will all fall into place in time :)
I’ll be honest: the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw your title was tomorrow’s fiftieth anniversary episode of Doctor Who…
But then I read your post and I get it so completely. This week has tumbled and fumbled by for me, and I can see where I needed more space and time. Finding it in the balance of loving those people (and pets!) who fill your life and share your space–that’s the challenge. And I haven’t figured out how to do it since this whole nutty semester began in August. I’ve loved it; don’t get me wrong, but I haven’t figured out how to carve space since summer passed into fall.
I tend to find myself wanting less space, and more time. Which makes no sense! But I have to agree with Katie above…I thought of Dr. Who when I saw the title, too! :)
So true! Space and time is always something that controls us, or at least that how it is for me. Since I’ve started working for myself I’ve tried making a schedule and “working hours” but for some reason it just stressed me more because I had to keep track of these things.
I’ve started learning that sometimes you just need to let go of schedules. Lately I’ve been taking things one day at a time. Some mornings, when I’m feeling creative and inspired, I get to work right away. Other mornings I run errands instead or maybe just start the day off by reading a few chapters of a novel. I still make sure to meet deadlines (because that’s what pays my bills) but I do my best to do what feels right for me at that moment.