Look Up: London Architecture
Do you ever find yourself wishing that you’d appreciate what you have a little more?
I think I’m not the only one who can spend days and months getting hyped up about something and then enjoy it for a whole total of five minutes before another dream or goal takes its place; I am fickle like that. The problem of course is that by constantly getting obsessed about bigger and better things, you don’t really make a lot of room to celebrate what you have already, what you have achieved.
I blogged recently about how, as a teenager, I spent a lot of time dreaming of London: its vast urban labyrinth, the anonymity of its space and the promise of its cultural and artistic life. And sometimes, I worry that I’m forgetful about how excited I was to be living here someday.
In France where I’m from, we talk about “metro, boulot, dodo” to lament the monotony of working life in a big city, where days can chase each other aimlessly and your energy and enthusiasm wears off with the hours of your commute ticking by. A mix of burnout, cold weather and cabin fever inside your own head can make one feel tired and restless at the same time, don’t you agree?. When this happens, it’s tempting to give in to just commuting, working and sleeping. I don’t ever want to be like that.
So sometimes, when I feel a little tired or a little down, when I catch this French lament creeping up in my own head, I make it a point to go out for a wander. I challenge myself to look at this big great city with new eyes, to hunt for all these details that I usually miss and to celebrate just being here, in London, right now.
When Rob accompanies me on such walks, he always encourages me to take my camera, just in case, and that’s what led me to this post. Today I wanted to tell you that if you ever get this same cabin fever, just grab a coat and gloves and get out for a while. Walk, breathe and look up! Everything will be just fine.
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