By Mariam Qizilbash
One of my favourite things to do is to sit with my Mom and listen to stories from her childhood. Whether she’s regaling me about the time she and my aunt hid in the bushes and wiggled ties onto the road–scaring the bikers into thinking the ties were snakes!–or simply the fact that all the neighborhood kids would stay out and play until the sun set every single day, I’m always bewildered by how simple her life was compared to today.
“We didn’t have any cell phones or TV,” she says. “But we had our imaginations, so we were happy.”
I used to think it was impossible to recapture the beautiful simplicity of my Mom’s childhood, so I didn’t even try. I spent four hours a day on whatsapp and instagram, and my social calendar was so jam-packed that I double-booked more often than not. I thought I was just your average twenty-something professional. But as I approached thirty, my calendar began filling up almost as fast as my happiness disappeared, I decided to do something pretty radical…
I started saying no to pretty much everything.