It’s 9 am on Friday and I see through the window that the sun is too lazy to come out. It’s cold. The only thing I want to do is curl up on the sofa, grab the TV remote, and press play. Pick up that TV show I left unfinished in 2021.
Don’t you get the feeling that sometimes we make lists of things we want to do, that we really want to do but, little by little, we are postponing? Some of those lists of things are the gym, books, or restaurants. Others are dates, hobbies, or experiences.
Something that gives us pleasure, but we leave it for later. When? By the time it stops being cold? I think we are trained to substitute what we feel like doing for what we have to do. And in the end, we focus only on fulfilling the obligations. Like machines. And as soon as we find time to pick up that TV show…boom! THE BLAME.
We don’t give ourselves time. We do not press the pause and there is only a constant play. Everything ahead and without asking. Conversations at 1.5x. We don’t want to get bored. Bored? As necessary as it is!
One of the things I like most about meditating is how terribly boring it is: close your eyes for 10 minutes and try, little by little, to think less. When you are bored, consciously the guilt disappears. I read somewhere that the best ideas come from boredom. It’s true. Looking for boredom in this age is the greatest sign of rebellion. I am the one who commands my time and it is I who shapes my ideas.
When I took the dog for a walk I was always in a hurry, thinking that I always have something to do. And I’ve realized that when I go for a walk with the dog it’s not my time, it’s his time. And dogs are not in a hurry, they don’t have urgencies, they also deserve to enjoy themselves. So now what I do is put my cell phone on “do not disturb” and enjoy the pass with it.
Whether it’s an hour, whether it’s 45 minutes, whatever it is, it’s your time and we’re sharing it together. It is our time, it belongs to us and for a few minutes, we simply disconnect from the virtual world and connect with the real world.
Don’t forget to pause from time to time. Take the TV remote and that the only thing you give play to is that series that you left unfinished, that book that you have wanted to read for years, or that hobby that you want to recover. Time for you. And for no one else.
THE WEEK AT A GLANCE
If you felt something of a seismic jolt this week, it was because (as I told you last week) Microsoft announced the $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. A business move to take Xbox to the next level and that has caused the entire video game industry to wonder the same thing: one purchase to rule them all?
Among the hundred and one branches, analyses, subtexts, and opinions, the most prolific and widespread is related to exclusivity. Will Nadella’s company turn the great sagas like “Call of Duty”, “Candy Crush” or “Warcraft” into unique titles for its own video console? The big question that torments PlayStation and Nintendo users (and their managers). For now, Phil Spencer, the CEO of Microsoft Gaming, has sent a message of calm in this regard.
From an uncertain future to a more secure one. If in 2021 you heard the word metaverse for the first time, 2022 may be the year you go (digitally) to a Walmart to buy products in NFT. The retail giant, and one of the most important companies in the department store sector, has registered several trademarks that indicate its imminent landing in virtual reality with the idea of marketing everything from electronic products to toys, appliances, sports equipment, clothing, or home decor within the metaverse.
Virtual reality is already real. And while Blue’s iOS users on Twitter will be able to choose NFTs as their avatar, Spain scores the point of regulating the promotion of cryptocurrency-related campaigns by influencers (a step backward towards progress).
Btw, speaking of iOS… Tim Cook just announced this ⬇️