HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

Take a rule-free break

Rachel Lopez, Hindustan Times
January 19, 2013
First Published: 17:29 IST(19/1/2013)
Last Updated: 18:56 IST(19/1/2013)
Kashmiri youth relax at the Kashmir University, which has often been the centre of political unrest but now welcomes recruiters from across India to its management classes. Kashmiri youth are giving up a decades-old mental block, dreaming big and working in new areas and different places across India and overseas.

Good. Because sitting down (or better, lying down with your feet up) is a fantastic way to be reading Brunch. It means you’ve taken a break, aren’t chasing a deadline, following a headline, tweeting, courtesy greeting, scheduling, meddling and trying to conquer the world. In other words, you’re our kind of person.

Because, really, life’s not about being an annoying go-getter, doing 30 per cent overtime for a 20 per cent raise, networking like a smarmy jackass, being on top of your to-do list or dreaming so big you can’t see your feet. It’s about stretching, switching off your phone for a few hours every day, spending an afternoon watching bad TV and letting your mind wander, holidaying with no fixed plans, reading all the way to the end of an article (even one as tiny as this) and not telling Twitter what you’re doing, because, well, you’re doing nothing.

Try it. Even if it’s for a day. Chances are, you won’t have missed anything important anyway. But you’ll have gained something more precious – yourself.

From HT Brunch, January 20

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