There’s a reason I chose napping instead of sleeping, in the title.
Something I think we all should explore…
It’s the idea that many of us are unconscious and napping, but not asleep, in some period of our lives characterized by a passive disregard.
Napping implies simple, short rest.
It doesn’t imply that you are unconscious for a long period of time (or at least as perceived by that notion).
That means napping is being used because I don’t believe most people are asleep, when it comes to common sense and information, at least in the realm of those who believe they are “woke.”
In this article, I intend napping to be a period in between wakeful, conscious, intentional thought.
And, in this instance, that is what characterizes waking up.
Movies, television, books and just about any other human creative explores this idea.
The idea of humans being unconscious, asleep, mindless and repeating the monotonous tasks of those controlling wakeful reality.
Except for this reality, the duality gives both sadness and happiness.
It exposes the complications that come with knowledge and living more fully.
The duality is felt more.
Happy moments result in higher highs, and low sad moments lower lows.
Thus, we see the idea of waking up harmful yet so necessary to live fully.
I need to be honest.
While I’m writing this I am kind of mapping it out in my mind.
Is it better to experience it all or live in a safe, harmless world where repetition is the main action of the mind?
Wake Up or Keep Napping
We all nap at one point or another.
Maybe you crave more from life, try to get that, realize it wasn’t for you and embark on the quest to wax surfboards by the ocean and just be happy.
On the other hand, napping is what the corporate employee who hates his job, yet thinks it’s the only way, is doing.
We can wake up, but like fighting off sleep latency, you have to choose to.
The hero journey embodies the eager hero’s thrust into waking up.
Napping implies stagnation.
But it isn’t bad.
This is the common fallacy “we” (self-proclaimed waker-uppers) like to believe.
Napping and doing the same thing over and over without a second thought isn’t necessarily bad.
It’s monotonous, yes.
Bad, not necessarily.
And like the seasons, we often do hibernate in areas throughout our lives, until we are called to wake up.
Leading to my reason for writing this article.
Is Everyone Waking Up?
Before you criticize, explore.
That’s a motto I like to live by.
How often do you talk to someone and they aren’t fully there in the specific topic of the conversation?
Meaning they seem like they are napping, away and distant.
Not just in resonance, but in what you are discussing.
Now upon a slight topic change, they appear to be more “woke.”
That is a process I’m playing with.
No person is better than another, just different.
And with that, through similarities, we believe we are more woke than those not in this ingroup.
That may be the truth.
Asleep in one way, woke in another.
Open your mind, expand it, and you’ll notice the continual effects of waking up.