Naps get a bad rap. They are the refuge of the lazy, the disinterested, the tired, the weary, the worn-out, the child. Even kids don’t want to take naps. Naps are for babies.
They are far more than that. They are great ways to avoid responsibility, to spend an afternoon, or watch the middle innings/periods/quarters of a sporting event.
Naps recharge our batteries, refresh our minds, and give us a break from dealing with the mundane. They are a second chance to escape into dreams. The pleasant reality where our goals meet our desires (and where some of us exert great control over our surrounds [lucid dreaming?]).
But, naps are also a cherished memory from childhood. Feeling cranky? Take a nap. The day’s tasks too daunting? Take a nap. Someone stole your favorite toy? Take a nap. Colored outside the lines? Take a nap.
Too often we rush to grow up and forget the lessons we learned in childhood. We long to be adults and forget to savor the memories of children (unless you’re some weird creature that eats them). We relinquish our past instead of relishing it (still sounds like you want to eat it).
So, take one lesson from childhood. Take naps. When the day gets you down or stresses you out, take a step back and take a nap.
Excuse me while I take my own advice.