This section is written by my crush, the refreshing-as-a-house-chardonnay-on-a-steamy-day, Bel Hawkins. You should check out more of her beautiful words here.
This morning, I’m writing to you from the past, which is to say from the airport lounge at Auckland Airport at 4am before I take flight on my first holiday in 2.5 years. A privilege in itself, I know, and woosh, while I sit here hooning my overpriced, under-extracted flat white, I feel incredibly grateful to be able to have a life I can temporarily leave behind, fill up the cup, and return back to.
BUT the point of this Chime is not to flex that I’m going on a full Julia Roberts holi where I enter feeling like an uncooked Tegal Chicken and emerge (this is what I’m envisaging anyway) like a celebrity makeover from Stars In Their Eyes. It’s to talk about the importance of taking breaks.
Some of you may know I have Chronic Fatigue (which is literally the most boring thing to both talk and write about because everyone is tired and everyone wants a holiday), but it has given me a buzzy relationship with work and energy and often leaves me in a cocoon state (read: at home with my phone on Do Not Disturb mincing around in my kimono trying to replenish the energy tank).
It feels like a real Insta inspo post ‘Take Breaks or Break’ — or even something Kmart might sell on a stretch canvas. But I believe it to be inherently true. Luce writes so beautifully here about all the measures she takes to maintain her incredibly demanding life; tuning out completely on a Sunday, submerging into natche (nature, lol, let’s make this take off), doing something frivolous, or doing something with your hands that isn’t necessarily ‘productive’.
The internet and capitalism and hot people on social media make us feel guilty for stopping. They make a feeling that stopping/pausing/taking a break means the rest of life is coursing past you (FOMO), and you’re not going to catch up. This is a lie, and you have to believe your life is yours and works to your own rhythm and if you were looking for a sign to zen out for a bit, this is it <3.