'Long' days are necessary but strenuous affairs. Being engaged and 'switched on' for a sustained period takes its toll on our minds and our bodies. Whilst this can be a strain to endure throughout the long day, it does mean that we have exhausted ourselves enough to have earned a solid night's sleep.
Unlike the body though, the mind doesn't stop working when it is exhausted. In fact the opposite happens, our minds will work double-time in an attempt to reconcile everything we have processed through our long day. Keeping the most important parts for a future date, and attempting to 'discard' the rest. For this reason I find the 'winding down' portion of a long day to be the most important. Otherwise, our long day can spill into two or three sleep-deprived days.
Plenty of sport on at the moment, so I thought I'd do a quick round-up of the sport I have been following recently.
America's Cup Sailing – Prada Cup
Prada cup is the tournament to see who will face the reigning champions, New Zealand, in the America's cup final. After a poor show in the warm-up events in December, team Ineos UK made a resounding return to the water in the first part of the tournament. Seeing them seed first place going into the Prada cup final versus Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli (Italy). After a dominating first half of the tournament Ineos UK seem to be 'sailing too hard' in my opinion trying to force clever manouvres in the pre-start and ultimately letting Luna Rossa fly to victory. Four victories so far, in a first to seven series.
It's weird knowing that life will not return how it used to be. Some things cause a seismic shift in how we live with ourselves and how we live with others. Of course I am referring to the pandemic. Whilst I was pretty young at the time do recall 9/11, it shifted many people's perspectives globally and security was increased for all airlines permanently as a result. Ultimately it changed the mindset and the actions of people wanting to travel by air. The pandemic though has the potential to take this to a new level.
Finding like-minded people is not so difficult. In fact I think many of us overlap with many others of us, we are all sharing the same human condition after all. It just takes a bit of listening, sharing and offering.
The idea/definition of hope seems inherently unstable. Would it not be better to strive for something? That way we are at least focusing our efforts in achieving a particular outcome. If not strive then not let it bother us at all. Once we fall into the realm of hope, we are admitting that what we hope for is now out of our control. Perhaps we should reconcile with that instead. Whilst it may be comforting to hope, hoping for something hardly conveys confidence and instead is a realisation of uncertainty and acknowledgement of the negative circumstance.
As an extension to yesterday's post, I have been thinking more about distraction. More specifically distraction with regards to multi-tasking. Multi-tasking is something we will all have come across. Trying to juggle multiple actions or priorities 'simultaneously' and often not giving any the focus they deserve or require. Though I do question whether it is even possible to simultaneously perform novel actions (action which is not passive) properly and with the diligence they require. Which lead me to the thought, am I ever multi-tasking or is it just multi-distracting?
I was recently recommended a new series of podcasts, embedded below. The topic of the episode I listened to today was 'distraction', which sparked my own thoughts and connections to previous thoughts adjacent to the topic. The podcast, hosted by Niall Breslin, explores a range of topics from a mindfulness angle.
In the UK, the American football Superbowl isn't really a 'thing'. Of course there are the enthusiasts, and American football teams here, but there certainly is not the same hype that there is for it in America. In my bid to watch new sports though, and broaden my horizons, I have watched the Superbowl for the past few years. Usually in chunks over the following days, but watch it nonetheless.
Of all the American sport exports, the NFL's Superbowl is probably one of the better advertisements of America, albeit very commercialised.
Quite often we think that we can be more if we do more. Working longer hours to get a promotion at work, or spending more time on hobbies to improve our skills. Which, don't get me wrong, definitely works. Practice makes perfect and all that. But how long can you sustain working at that level? If you can't sustain it for long enough then you're not going to realise the fruits of your labour. It's a long road sometimes to get to where you want to go, so your practice must be done in a sustainable way. After all, the tortoise beat the hare.
Burnout in any field I think is very real. Doing the same thing over and over is the definition of insanity. But we have to repeat our tasks to get to where we want to be, so how can we do that without triggering burnout? For me I have found two ways of breaking up the monotony that still serves our end goal. One which appeals to the type A side of me, and the other to the type B. Let's start with the type B.