I think I’ve found a new level of stress during this apartment move, something I did not think possible. It makes me wonder why we have so much noise in our lives, why we let so much of it in, why we make so much of it, and which kinds are good vs bad for us.
I know there are plenty of people who learn to deal with the buzz of drunkards late at night and the growls of traffic early in the morning. I also know there are those who can never get used to that noise or city people who can’t sleep with country noise and vice versa. What makes some of us have that capability while others do not? Maybe it’s because of the difference in types of sound, maybe it has something to do with dislike of being disturbed from one’s natural cycle, I’m not sure.
Rest is a part of healthy recharging and revitalization and I wonder sometimes if we pay enough or too much attention to designing it into our lives? I admire old buildings for their sturdiness and the history tied to their construction and location. However, I am impressed with the technology of new buildings and some of their technological innovations with insulation – especially for noise. At what point do we start paying attention to how close to roads we build our homes? Apartments? Office buildings? Home should be a place of rest and recharge – how much attention do we pay to decoration (how it looks to impress visitors) vs comfort (prioritizing our relaxation and healthy rhythms) when setting up anywhere? How long is right is it to stand the noise and vibrations that stress us out? Is it really worth as much stress as it can be if we make it out in the end?
I am the type of person who functions and performs best on restful sleep about 7 or 8 hours, but I know some of my friends can go on 6 hours of restless sleep and still wrangle difficult tasks (such as training horses or keeping up a busy teaching schedule) the next day. Of course they need sleep after that or naps towards bedtime but I don’t know how they do it. Some people work 2-3 jobs on only a few hours of sleep all to keep food on the table or to put ourselves through school or to move on to something better. The lack of sleep is sometimes held up as a badge of honor. What about those in the same situations (who are struggling to move forward with their lives) who cannot do this? Those who the lack of rest takes such a toll that they reach the end of their rope – yet to stand up and say they need the time to rest to keep going means they’ll be fired, their weekly hours reduced – that they loose their livelihood? Is it such a wonder then why people loose their minds at the end of their rope? How then can we throw “you should have taken better care of yourself” in their faces? At what point are we rated weak or strong?
There are wonderful quotes about finding out what we are made of and how strong we are when we are alone or are pushed to breaking point and have to deal with it on our own. If one person can handle a situation that another person cannot, does that mean the later person is really weak or less equipped? I believe it is a mark of strength to both pull a heavy load when working towards a goal you believe is worth it but it is also a strength to speak up and stand up for yourself to take care of this vessel for your soul. If there is no you there is no goal to work towards in the first place. The drive and purpose comes entirely from you.
Well, how equipped are you mentally and physically? What do you think actually makes a breaking point in a person?