Our past summer holidays were great. Kids were off from school, I’d postponed all my clients to September and I had only one workshop to prepare for. We went to Holland, my home country. It was good fun. Lots of good food, a summer drowned in rain according to good Dutch tradition and of course we experienced the craze around Pokémon. For those who don’t know about this new hype: 50% of the population in Holland risked a cramped up neck and developed a hunchback from staring at their phones all the time in order to catch Pokémons. Holland is captivated by this game. My 93 year old grandmother could sum up all the names of the Pokémons on her recent birthday party. Her grand children, who listened in awe, granted her immortality status for that. I doubt whether she liked the honour, at her age.
If you’d asked me if I joined the Pokémo crazyness, I have had to disappoint you. I just wanted R & R. I wanted to sit on a bench, stare at the sea and do nothing. To create space in my mind, to put things into perspective again in order to recharge and take on the world with renewed energy. But doing nothing is not as easy as it sounds. My first attempts to do nothing got spoiled by random worrying thoughts about grocery shopping, world peace and what the children were doing. I hadn’t heard them for more than an hour now. Which is always a bad sign.
Perhaps I couldn’t really blame myself for my fruitless attempts. At a young age I had always been told to keep busy. I was pretty good though at staring in the distance, dreaming about unicorns and cupcakes. Whenever I was caught, I was asked if there wasn’t anything I could do instead. And I always obeyed to these requests.
However, this summer I felt committed to ‘doing nothing’. So, on the last day of the holidays, I sat on my bench facing the sea, and with some proud I can report that it worked. At least ten minutes I managed to allow thoughts to enter my mind and with ease, I was able to let go of them again. How blissful.
Bzzzzz! Oops. My Pokémon alarm. Wow a Snorlax! Very rare in this area. Quick! Before it’s gone…