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Staying Powered Up: The Art of Balancing Life Amidst Gloomy News & Frigid Mornings

A serene photo of a person meditating, digital devices around them, a glowing power bank in the foreground.
Kaia Thonul, Friday, October 20, 2023, 07:24

The gentle hum of the train, coupled with the soft lyrical notes of Ed Sheeran's "A Team" playing through my earphones, forms the soundtrack of my morning commute. With a lukewarm chai latte by my side, I breathe onto the icy window until it becomes foggy to write and immediately erase tiny messages. Outside it's a frigid 2°C, the kind of weather that makes you wish you were snuggled up in bed with five different blankets and a particularly chubby Maine Coon.

Somewhere in the middle of this transitory existence, I find myself reading about a rather unsettling news piece on my phone - a shooting in Brussels. A gust of cold wind penetrates through, as if echoing the chill such news sends down one's spine.

In times like these when the world outside turns gloomy, one must strive to cultivate an internal environment of tranquillity and stability; a sort of mental homeostasis, if you will. A balanced life is the key and I can assure you it is not only achievable but can make the daunting journey of life a rather enjoyable ride.

The confusion that surrounds sudden news, whether it's terror or turmoil, seems to cause a ripple in an otherwise peaceful existence. It is normal to feel displaced, even dejected. But remember, like a train journey, life too has its highs, lows, stops, and unexpected delays. It's about staying steady, focusing on the journey, rather than getting caught up in the whirlwind of an unfortunate event.

One of the things that have made my commute bearable, especially in these frigid temperatures, is my trusty power bank. In today’s world, our connections with people, moments, even the global news cycle, which can turn from tranquil to turbulent at any time, largely happen through our electronic devices. An abrupt interruption because of a low battery can be unnerving. So, investing in a portable power bank has become akin to possessing a lifeline that keeps your world spinning.

A power bank is more than just a device that charges your phone anywhere any time, it gives you the freedom and the power to make choices - to respond to an email, read a PDF for your next lecture, share a laugh over an old picture, or get informed about global incidents - it ensures that you remain connected.

In the same vein, maintaining balance in life is about ensuring you’re charged-up, both physically and mentally. It demands maintaining a symphony between work and play, forging connections while ensuring self-care, remaining informed of global events without losing inner peace. Remember life in itself is nothing but staying powered up!

Despite the harsh news from Brussels and the chill in the air, my own little compartment remains warm and peaceful, with the soft glow of my phone light, and Ed Sheeran’s voice assuring that "It's too cold outside, for angels to fly".

In this journey called life, there will always be freezing days, but warm hearts and a balanced life shall always keep the cold at bay.

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