Space is a funny thing. Too much of it and you need to fill it and too little and you struggle to breath.
Like my apartment – it’s too big for one person but great for two. Three would be a squeeze. We came home from Zermatt recently and when we opened the door, everything seemed so empty. Too much space, waiting to be filled.
The problem when there’s too much space is that it’s often filled with the wrong stuff; that’s why you didn’t need it in the first place. In my apartment that could be paintings, furniture, rugs – all stuff that I don’t need but would easily fill some of the space.
In life, it’s similar; drama, depression, consumerism and materialism feast on empty space. It’s a slippery slope and one that’s not easy to recognise when you’re at the top or starting your descent. It worries me more now than ever how many people, even children, spend their lives, money and energy on turning themselves into the ‘perfect’ person – not that one exists. Our media and consumer-driven society has a lot to answer for.
Not having enough space is an equal issue. I read somewhere recently (I can’t remember where) that people who spend all their lives working too hard, spend all their well-earned money on recovering from it. That’s so true; the holidays get longer or more frequent, the spa a necessity, gym memberships a must.
I’ve done all of the above – that’s why I’m writing about it. The trip to Zermatt put things into perspective for me. In a beautiful place and there is such a huge amount of space, but there is so much happening in it that there’s no room for your own mental distractions.
Nature fills space with amazing things, there’s always something to look at. You have to work to enjoy it (there’s some steep walking!), but it gives more than enough back to make it worth your while. I finally got what hiking was all about! It really is something else in Switzerland.
Like most things in life, it’s about balance. Creating and using the right amount of space to be yourself is important to being happy, healthy and secure. Sometimes you need a strategy, after all, we live in the real world; but if you get it right, you don’t need to spend time or money managing extra stress. Everyone’s space is different, you just need to find yours.
I stayed at the amazing Hotel Coeur des Alpes in Zermatt. It was an amazing place to stay and had breathtaking views of the Matterhorn. If you liked this post, let me know! You might also like What’s the value in value? or This would never happen in England!