Thursday, 29 May 2014

Mad Russian

Oopsie-daisy! I kind of suspected that it's been a lengthy break since my last post, but I did not think it was that long ago!
Well, time flies when you are having fun!
And fun it has been!
As some Russian children's poem goes, "Drama group, photography club, choir practice (I like to sing), everyone also voted for joining a drawing studio. When do I have time to chat?"
Sort of sums it up for me, really.
Someone asked me recently if I had a relaxing weekend, and I had to stop and think when was the last time I did anything relaxing. Eventually I remembered, it was a visit to the hairdresser five weeks ago, where I had to sit in the chair for a couple of hours and do nothing! Oh, I also do a 10 minute Relaxation at the end of my Body Balance class at the gym once a week. Not sure about the relaxation effect, but having this class in the end of the week after a long day at work, I usually half fall asleep.
During my Skype conversation with Mum a couple of days ago I could not even find an appropriate Russian equivalent of the word Relaxing. If you translate it literally, it sounds way too weird!
Is it sad? Do I need to start worrying? Is there anything wrong with me? Does one need to be relaxed to feel good? What does Relaxing mean?
Okay, being a linguist, I decided to start with the Dictionary.

Relaxation [ree-lak-sey-shuhn]
1. abatement or relief from bodily or mental work, effort, application, etc.
2. an activity or recreation that provides such relief; diversion; entertainment.
3. a loosening or slackening.
4. diminution or remission of strictness or severity.
5. Mathematics-a numerical procedure for solving systems of equations by successive approximations of the variables.

fun, amusement, pleasure.
So, based on the above definition, am I right to say, that  first of all, in order to relax, one needs to perform some bodily or mental work, effort or application first? And second of all, as long as one is having fun, amusement or pleasure, one is supposed to feel relaxed, right?
Well,  I certainly do a lot of bodily work (gym, cycling, running, plus the more mundane efforts like cleaning, cooking, ironing, gardening etc.).  Then there are mental applications - full time job, keeping in touch with family and friends, fundraising for The Ride to Conquer Cancer, spending quality time with the granddaughter.
And although from time to time I whinge and complain how mad my life is, I also know that all that madness is bringing me a lot of fun, amusement and pleasure.  I guess, in the end of the day I feel relaxed when I manage to accomplish so many jobs- some exciting, some ordinary, some simply boring but unavoidable. And the most important thing is I don't necessarily need to sit with my feet up sipping camomile tea or lie on the floor in a meditation pose to achieve relaxation.  I simply need to know that all the tasks are completed!
You can call me mad if you wish!
By the way, I am looking for suggestions how to wisely use those 2 hours at the hairdresser's. I already figured out that those 10 minutes of Relaxation at the gym are just enough to make a mental shopping list!