Rest

What happened to Siesta?

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For those who know me best know, I’m a bit infatuated with Mexico. I love Latin Culture and reminisce about my time living there quite often. I believe it’s one of the best places on earth! Some days I miss it terribly and think frequently about the memories we created during our time living there.

Something that I always found most intriguing was their lackadaisical approach to life. You’ve heard about it before, the anthem of Mexico is that it will be done mañana!

Every afternoon from like 2-4 everything shut down. It was expected, everyone, everywhere, rested during that middle part of the day. Most people worked long hours, arriving early and staying late, and to endure that, they rested during this middle, hot part of the day. While I never really participated in siesta while we were there, I’ve come to really appreciate that about their culture.

The velocity of life in America is the thing I dislike most about our own culture. We accomplish a lot, get a lot of stuff done, but we miss so much in the process!

Granted it’s impossible to stop the speed of life around us, but that doesn’t mean we can slow our own roll. Even if it’s just for a short period of time. A healthy goal for this might become, every day for the next week, I’m going to take a lunch break.
I can’t even remember the last time I did that! I work through lunch like every day and I’ve actually begun to loathe it.

So today, and for the next week, I’m gonna pack my hammock, take a lunch and maybe even a nap, just because I can (and maybe because I should!) besides, I still have mañana!

How about you? Do you take a break like this? Have you ever and would you ever consider it again?