Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Just Because

When people ask me why I went to Melbourne, a lot of my answer revolves around the meeting of fellow bloggers, shopping, exploring and all of the above.

But a strong part of my answer is simply 'Just because'.

I went to sleep in my hotel room after a long and wonderful day in Melbourne, with the idea that I would wake up bright and early the next morning, and go exploring through the city streets, meeting people along the way, perhaps taking their portrait. I fell asleep to my own anticipation.

While I woke up early, I did not wake to the sound of my alarm but rather to the soft pitter patter of rain upon my window. The sky was a foggy grey and the walls of the buildings outside were a shade darker than usual. I thought for a moment before turning to my phone, switching off the alarm and rolling over in my thick sheets for another hour of sleep. Why? Just because.

When I did awake, I took my time; the city wasn't going anywhere. I showered, I dressed and I sat on the bed looking out the window wondering what I should do. It was then, I realised I didn't have to do anything at all except for whatever I wanted.

It's a rare thing knowing that there is nothing you have to do at a particular moment. I had a plane to catch in 8 hours sure but between then and the moment I was in, I had no responsibilities and no urgencies. I could feel time ticking a little slower than usual.

So, just because I could, I sat. Not in a lazy, just-come-home-from-work slouch, but in a more purposeful kind of poise (if that kind of seating position exists). I just sat there, for maybe an hour, just by the hotel window, watching people walk by, reading my book, editing photos and soaking in the cool light that flooded the room.

I could have been visiting museums, or book stores, or coffee shops but I was in no rush, none at all, and so I sat, just because I could.

24 comments:

  1. I like this post. Relaxing purposefully is so very different than procrastinating or just veging in front of a couch!

    <3 Daryl
    Unlost

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  2. Just because. So wonderful. It is okay to be happy with a relaxing moment. & sometimes we all need that reminder. Thank you!

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  3. i looooove this! i love it so so much! i think you can find so much purpose in the just because! and i have done things so similar! and i love your new hair. i think i already said that but i do. so much.

    i love it.

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  4. Oh how I need a few 'Just Because' days in Melbourne :) Melbourne is the perfect place for it!

    Sophie xo

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  5. Love this. "Just because" is the best reason to do anything, I say. :) x

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  6. Aw I'm so sad we couldn't catch up while you were in Melbourne. What you've explained here is exactly why I love Melbourne/Cities. There are so many possibilities for adventure, filled with life, yet sometimes you feel the need to just sit and observe, or do something quietly. I'm always just sitting in places in Melbourne observing people and drinking coffee.

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    1. Next time I'm down we shall catch up! I completely forgot you were in Melbourne but thankfully it's in my books now :)

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  7. So glad I came by your blog stunning!

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  8. lovely, I was just reading about the universe existing in one single day (or something to that effect) sometimes it's nice to not plan for the future but really just appreciate each day, each moment :)

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    1. Agreed. This weekend I haven't planned much and it makes me anxious of what is to come. Everyday I'm learning though to just 'let go'

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  9. Love, love this.

    I live in Melbourne, sure, but whenever I am in the city I am always either on a mission, or with friends so I don't really get the opportunity to look around and take everything in the way you did.

    I need to do this. I need to spend time somewhere in the city and be inspired. You've inspired me to do this.

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  10. That's how it should be done; one should truly live in the moment, rather than constantly lust for the future. x

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  11. Being able to do nothing or everything, just because, is one of the truly wonderful things about solo travelling. I'm glad you found that!

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  12. this is so great. i used to have moments when i felt like i always had to do something to keep busy. but i love the thought of just sitting because you can.

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  13. I want to live my life like this, just because. Too often we get caught up in career and obligation but we don't realise that we do those thing so that we can live.

    I'm so glad you had a lovely time :)

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  14. So beautifully written.. I loved this so much! I feel like I'm always going somewhere with a purpose, which isn't a bad thing, but I don't think I've ever gone somewhere, anywhere, just because.. I'll have to put this into practice this summer :)

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  15. So beautifully written.. I loved this so much! I feel like I'm always going somewhere with a purpose, which isn't a bad thing, but I don't think I've ever gone somewhere, anywhere, just because.. I'll have to put this into practice this summer :)

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  16. I'm excited to finally rest again after this week! Sounds lovely.

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  17. Those are the best kind of moments. Where you can truly relax and breath and just enjoy the moment. Beautiful photographs as well. ;)

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  18. Your new hair looks amazing, Sam! I'm reading the Fault In Our Stars too, I'm going to see the movie this weekend! x

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    1. I was wondering if anyone would notice what I was reading. I finished it in 24hrs (a record for me!).
      Let me know how the movie is :)

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