As soon as it was 5 PM, you couldn’t stay home.
You had to go out and play.
Do you remember?
You had some cricket to play.
Or some hide and seek
You had old ladies to confront
For your right to use the park too
You had fights to resolve from the previous day
And you had some new friendships to make
You had some chips to buy just to collect those Pokémon cards.
You waited for so much to do at 5.
When did 5 PM stop being play time and became the time for tuition?
You’ve got your exams, I know
You haven’t got time to waste, there’s too much syllabus left.
I know that too.
Your mom will probably ask a million questions if you dare step out of your house
But do it for your body’s sake.
You’ve spent such long hours sharpening your mind,
take a moment to consider your body now.
Go out for a walk, call your friends who are glued to their study tables like you
It will only take a while
Walk slowly and look around
Give your eyes something new to look at
Stop and feel the tree trunks
See if they are whispering something to you
Go have a race with your friends
It’s not a competition; you have enough competitions to prepare for
Just let it be an excuse to make each atom of your body feel alive again
Dance if you wish to!
Play whichever sport you love
Anything that lets your body know that you care about it too
If you’re frustrated with your exams, take it all out in tiring your body.
Go back when you’re completely exhausted
And when you’re back home, sit for a moment and reflect
Remember, why it is that you study
Remember the dreams you wish to pursue
And then get back to creating the future you desire
You will realize that your mind works better when your body feels alive and healthy
So please, take care of your body