Clare Barry on Burnout
5th August 2017
London is my hometown but, like New York City or Bangkok, it's a city addicted to speed.
A couple of years back this happened: I fell out of love with my metropolis as I descended deeper into ill health. Burnout became my reality and I came to rage against the rude brashness of my fellow citizens (and in turn, was rude, disconnected and unhappy). I wanted to retreat and needed to slow down.
One day, my body sent me a giant memo. It had been sending me messages and hints for years but I powered on until major back surgery forced me to stop. Being physically incapacitated offered me the space to reflect that I’d yearned for but never allowed in my busy London life. Cue tough conversations with myself about just how I’d ended up like that and how I wanted to live in the future. Recovery from that operation sparked an idea that eventually became Urban Curiosity Walkshops and I fell back in love with my native city.
Do you enjoy the thrill of the Big Smoke or do you dream of a rural haven? What small step will you take today to carve out stillness or time for reflection?
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