What's really striking to me about timelapse videos of the Earth is how, at a grand enough scale, the growth of human settlements on Earth really looks no different than the growth of bacterial and fungal colonies on Petri dishes.
We think of ourself as special, as having conquered environments, technology and more - and when zoomed out you could explain everything we've built and accomplished as the achievements of a sufficiently robust slime mold simply using available resources to continue growing.
Pre-sleep reading time was always stolen pleasure time. Nobody to talk to. Nothing to do. No homework. Everybody else asleep. As a child it felt like a rebellion, and as an adult it feels like an indulgence. It was (and still is) a secret pleasure that is mine and mine only.
In the idle state, our brains replenish themselves, our bodies relax enough to start sending energy to where it is needed, for organ repair, nourishment, storing energy. In this state, we can let the things we are working on process in the background. Programs still run when they're not at front and center. Creative projects do better for rest, as do any other projects. Even time off from working out or training for something gives your body time to integrate what you're feeding it. If we are DOING all the time, then we don't have time for processing, integration, connection.
Why take the most direct and efficient route to get somewhere? Why not take the pretty route? The route that drives past something you like seeing. The route that you've never taken before just for the hell of it. The route that you don't look at the map to figure out just for fun. The route that you let your intuition guide you on. How would it change your approach to life if you didn't have to do everything in the shortest time possible? If your to-do-list remained unfinished at the end of the day and that was totally fine because you actually felt alive, and present in your life and your body...
To me, djing is such a sacred creative expression. It's something where I never want to rush the process to the point where my passion for it gets burnt out. I like that it's been a slow journey. I like that I don't pressure myself to reach a certain skill level by a certain time. I like that it unfolds really naturally. I like that I do everything at my own pace, on my own terms.