The Scenic View
by Tiffany Kennedy
‘Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak’ – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
Sometimes life gets really busy, not just for adults but for everyone, and sometimes it just feels like you can’t catch your breath, which can become incredibly overwhelming. I was a child that was very confident with herself and didn’t really notice the other things she had to do, such as responsibilities, but when this naive child started to grow up, all of these things she didn’t want to notice before, started to overwhelm her. Being overwhelmed by things can cause anxiety and even panic attacks because you’re swarmed by all of these different things form different directions and it feels like you’re stuck in the middle with nothing you can do. I often get overwhelmed and I don’t think the people around me understand what it’s like to feel an intense amount of anxiety, and of course, this is only one aspect of it. Everyday I try to make sure that I’m not feeling so overwhelmed so that I can try to keep calm through out the day and have far better progress with what I want to do. Juggling school with every other thing that I do, including blogging can be very overwhelming and sometimes you just want to fall apart. I know a lot of people who have break downs because of school alone and it’s just a bad mentality. With such a busy lifestyle and work ethic, we need to learn to take a moment to ourselves because we often forget about ourselves and our health when we are swarmed by everything around us.
I’ve recently just arrived home from Melbourne, and I was there for a variety of reasons. Everyday was busy as everything had to be crammed in together. It was hard to find a moment where I could just walk around the city aimlessly and just have a break, and due to the fact that I couldn’t do that, I had to figure out other ways to just relax and breath. In the midst of travelling from one place to another, from the city, to an arena, it all became a lot and I just wanted to lie down for a second. As I usually go on trips with family, this time was no accept ion as we were headed to another arena for another event. In the middle of all of that screaming, yelling and frustration I found that it was a little too much. Sometimes you can just feel the negativity and the hostility in the air. Luckily for me there was a little park out the front, so I walked outside with my camera and head phones, listened to Vance Joy’s ‘ Dream Your Life Away’, and took a few pictures as I took a moment to myself. There is always so much talking, so much discussion, so much to plan and work on, from emails to phone calls, sometimes it just makes you want to have some quiet. I’ve changed so much from a naive loud little child who would stay up all night, to a person who likes early nights, plans everything out and is way too aware of all of her responsibilities.
Even when you go on a trip somewhere, you sometimes need a moment to yourself and that’s okay. You might be hanging out with some friends and maybe you feel light headed or you just don’t feel right being there, that’s okay, just do you, do what makes you feel better, do what’ll help your mind. It’s okay not to go to every event and it’s okay to take a moment to yourself. Sometimes it’s what you need, sometimes you just need to listen to a little music. Close your eyes and open your mind, meditate, relax, quiet the noise and quiet the mind. I know it’s hard to get rid of all the noise in your head of every responsibility you have, and the overthinking that may come with it, but we should all learn to clear our minds every now and again, it’s just something that’s needed. Walk near water, smell the flowers, sit in the grass, take in the things that would be otherwise forgotten.
all images taken by me in Melbourne