The Big 5 – How do you relax?


a whole lot smaller than we remember

Sometimes we have to force ourselves to get off the treadmill of work, commitment and daily life and just do the un-ordinary.  Various sets of constraints found Across the Bored et al pretty much stranded and snowed under at the old homestead this last March break and by Day 3 in-house projects had us all chomping at the bit of boredom. Where hadn’t we been recently that would entertain us, provide a decent photo-op without freezing off fingertips and was accessible by public transportation?

Memories of by-gone field trips with pre-school age darlings prompted a visit to the local Biodome and with that said we should, in some respects, have known better. By the look of the six other cool and casual over 20-somethings not towing small people along after them, the thought that every other adult with charges under the age of twelve might be at our destination had never occurred to us. Traffic flowed surprisingly smoothly through the exhibits and it wasn’t the crowd that proved disconcerting in the end. It was the awful fact that most of the children were holding smartphones or pads and looking at those rather than the flora and fauna on display right in front of them. It was the terrible but true saying “Why live life when you can document it?” playing out at our feet and further proof that many have forgotten how to just enjoy the moment for what it’s worth without the intervention of a gadget. We lingered, wandered slowly and wide-eyed through subterranean bat-caves and icy tundra, managing to regain the wonder, although the depressed penguins left a sad note on a pleasant few hours. It didn’t turn out to be quite the photographic expedition anticipated but no matter, for our altogether restful little outing did result in this fortnight’s Big 5 Challenge:

How do you relax?” – with a good book or crashed on the couch, watching a mindless movie or birds in the park, fixing the old or creating the new, hiking up that mountain, running a mile, window-watching or sight-seeing…

We would love to know how you recharge and restore.

For all those who are new readers to Across the Bored, here are some guidelines for the challenge: HOW DOES THIS WORK?

  1.  I will post some commentary such as the above on one of the five Ws (WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN or WHY and sometimes HOW) and then ask you to respond on the same.
  2. Your point of view on the current week’s challenge can take any form: a reply in the comment box, in a new post with a quote, a motto or saying, an essay, poem or opinion of yours or attributed to someone else, a piece of music, a song, a video, a work of art, photograph, graffiti, drawing or scribble – but it has to be about the topic!
  3. Challenge yourself to dig deep for an answer.
  4. The Challenge will be open for 14 days (there will be a reminder post at the 7 day mark) after which I will post another.
  5. ENJOY, have FUN and TELL your friends and fellow bloggers.

SO – Create your Big 5 Challenge post

  1. Then add a link to your blog in my comment box.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your post, title your blog post “The Big 5 Challenge” and add the same as a tag.
  3. If you would like your reader to see what others are presenting for the same challenge, add a link to the “Big 5” challenge on your own blog.
  4. Feel free to pick up your badge on The Big 5 Challenge page.
  5. Remember to Follow to get your weekly (hopefully) reminders.

13 thoughts on “The Big 5 – How do you relax?

  1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says:

    Sigh; how do I relax? I think that I live in a perpetual relaxed state! The location of my home contributes to that state of relaxation – with a river only a dozen (or less) meters from the balcony, I am always entertained by the hypnotic pastime of watching the pelicans, egrets, ibis, frigates… weary of water, i can always watch the songbirds as they flit from limb to limb on the other side of the house.

    yesterday a friend brought a family by the house. they were staying at the same hostal, and these tourists were backpackers from scotland. an eight-year old, ten year old, and a twelve year old basked in the wonder of the house and its surroundings. never once did their attention waver to gadgets – how refreshing it was to meet such well-behaved and respectful children!

    many times painting is work, though drawing is as natural as breathing. after ten minutes of drawing, i’m always transported to a very calm sense of being.

    slow internet sometimes shatters that calm mood, and it sometimes takes a dozen or so attempts just to leave a comment! writing posts is reserved for when i’m in town and using faster internet. this comment is the best method of addressing your (great) challenge.

    i’d best go back to watching the birds! z


    • ideflex says:

      Lovely! Thank you so much your your response: you are so lucky to have found a little spot of paradise and for sharing it with us! Now if you could just have great (fast) internet…


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