#AtoZChallenge : Quiet times

quiet times

Morning is here. And then begins the rush and madness to deal with the day. For me it is an everyday thing. No matter how hard I try, there is always something that goes wrong. I need to hurry and in the end, at times I’ve to give up on something. In all this madness finding some quiet time becomes next to impossible!


With work taking most of my time and daily chores taking the rest, there is no time to relax. And then there are some unforeseen situations which demanded immediate attention. In short no time for myself. It is crazy!


I longed for some time to just sit down and relax as the gentle breeze blows. To gaze at the night sky after a long day at work.
I longed for some time to think about my life and make some plans for the future.
I longed for some time to pick up that novel I’d left half read and finish it. And yes, also finish reading the large pile of books which I had bought the last time from a sale.
I longed for some time to just write down all the thoughts that were in my mind. There were ideas for new stories and poems but there was just not enough time.


I tried to juggle a lot of things but succeeded in none. Yes I knew I had to do what I loved but doing it just for the sake of doing it didn’t feel right. It added on to the stress. And the constant disturbances when I was trying to focus on something didn’t help either.


I needed some quiet time. There were a lot of things on my to do list. But I needed a break. I closed my laptop and then walked to my terrace. I sat there gazing at the stars and the moon. The breeze was blowing gently and I sat there for a while. After a few minutes, I went down to my room. I took a note book and I began making a time table. There was one prominent thing on that time table – “Me time”. It was something that I needed but had missed all this time!


Sometimes we need a few of those quiet times to calm down and then make important decisions. At times, we need these little breaks just relax ourselves and not let the stress of everyday life get in our way. Sometimes all we need to do is just “Breathe”.


I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge and all through April I’ll be writing about the Life and Times of a Twenty something! What are you best memories or expectations from your twenties? Let me know in the comments.
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13 responses to “#AtoZChallenge : Quiet times”

  1. Shailaja V says:

    I’ve always felt that the need for down time is the refuge of the overworked mid-30s and older generation. But it’s interesting to see that a lot of the challenges you mention seem to be universal across the age spectrum. Which is sad when you think about it. Slowing down and breathing is something we all need especially in the over-connected world of social media. Reading is my current refuge 🙂

  2. Ramya says:

    We need to relax and breathe to be able to soak and enjoy the life bestowed upon us. I love my early mornings for this, wehre I can sit all bymeself and collect my thoughts soaking in the morning air and the aroma of my coffee

  3. Me time is essential. Of course, getting some Me-time while stargazing – priceless! <3

  4. Very well put up Reema, in our everyday hustle bustle what we skip is some vital quiet moments for ourselves.

  5. deepagandhi says:

    I feel we all need quiet times and it is important to rejuvenate. I like quiet times too but it is not easy to find when u have kids.

  6. I hope Alana gets some quiet time soon. It is extremely important to have some, to recharge.

  7. Neha says:

    That’s so me! It doesn’t help that I am in my 30’s 😛 But yes, taking a a deep breath and focusing on what’s important helps

  8. It is so important to slow down! At times I lose my mind handling so many things that I hardly get any quiet times for myself. It feels like a nightmare. But then taking out 20 minutes a day just to stay quiet and not do anything helps.

  9. It’s so important to slow down and breathe when life becomes overwhelming. I sit down with a cup of coffee, or just go out and take a walk most of the times. Great post!
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  10. ANITA says:

    Totally agree, Reema. Very nicely shared.
    I love the quiet time & me-time is important for me too!

  11. Pikakshi says:

    You are totally right about that sister! Sometimes all we need is a little moon and star gazing, taking in the breeze or just lie in the bed, and we are good as new to tackle whatever lemons life has to throw our way. All things can be rearranged, but me time shouldnt be compromised with! Thanks for sharing this important thought.

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  12. Totally agree with you..Yes sometimes i do send my husband and lo for some chores and just enjoy the ME time..It gives me a sense of calmness and helps me to recharge again..

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  13. swathishenoy says:

    I have always loved that ‘Me time’. No matter how hectic the day is, if we can manage to get some me time, it will make life lot more easier.

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