“What is life if full of care, you have no time to stand and stare?”
Fat chance these days. Every year seems to bring ever more conflicting things in front of your eyes demanding your attention. Little wonder that many young people are currently addicted to the craze for fidgets, poppers and squishies. Essentially these plastic objects calm you down. It’s a way of slowing you and taking time out. It might look mindless but perhaps it’s really mind-full. A way of distracting the brain from all that’s going on.
And before we adults get all sniffy about it aren’t we just the same? What about the way many of us are constantly checking our mobile phones for messages, updates and notifications? I sometimes feel a slave to my phone and I don’t like to admit that I’m guilty of the phone check crime – even though I know it’s only me fidgeting.
I think we humans are more restless than in the past. We have more things to think about, more demands on our attention, more bombarding with information- much of which we don’t need. I’m tired of those endless adverts on TV with quirky people doing funny but sweet things to make me buy their product. I know they are actors and I know I’m being manipulated but I still watch!
I worry a bit about how all this assault on the senses takes a toll on our young people. We are bringing up children who can’t sit still, 10 year olds who are easily distracted and teenagers who find it hard to focus.
There’s a lot to be said for finding time every day to sit and stare and allow it all to wash away. A deep breath and a calming down. That’s what we need- a bit more staring into the middle distance.
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