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  • I'm feeling the pressure today. It's as if there's a pressure to live a certain busy lifestyle, wear ourselves down. But is this really how we're meant to live as human beings. Or simply how we've been socialized to live?

    I look out the window and see the main repairing our deck, bent over, working away, saw and hammer in tow while his knee guards provide the only bit of relief under a hot sun. I can't help but wonder if this is how we're meant to work, toiling over the most immediate kind of work that is the use of our extremities. I'm thinking about all of this as I peer through the window, taking a pause as I prepare my lunch of turkey, spinach, quinoa, and a nice glass of water, all of which I'd go on to enjoy in the comfort of my air conditioned home. Because of how I'm caught between my aspirations to achieve, my conflict of how to do so, and the still lingering desire to set it all down and genuinely rest a while, I am living the lives of many people – that of an athlete, who gets rest wakes up, trains, and eats to complement that training; a business person without a single company to work for each day, managing to keep my inbox low as I arrange calls and meetings for future travels; and that of a staff editor, cutting together scenes for what will be a great documentary.

    All of a sudden, I hear the repair man outside remark in satisfied relief to his assistant wearing a matching Tampa Bay Buccaneers shirt, "Last one." Happy for his diligence paying off as he completes his task, perhaps it's time for me to put my head down and follow suit.
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