Do we wear a smile on our face? Or is it grumpy? Do we laugh instantly? Or pause and ponder? We seem to have made life so complicated with needless analysis. Life is not a balance sheet to be critically analysed. Nor is it a 100-meter dash. But then we are treating it like one!The day begins with the shrill sound of the alarm. From then on we are on the run. Even as we brush teeth, we try to wake up others. ‘Hurry up, it’s getting late’ is a war cry. We barely glance at the newspaper headlines, let alone read it. We miss the joy of little things. We are in such tearing hurry in our daily activities. The more I think of it the more I am convinced that we are just going through the motions of life. Have we ever paused why we are living a robotic life? We seem to have lost the art of living. Unconsciously we seem to have been trapped by the ‘compulsion to be perfect’ in everything including our lifestyle. How we talk, the way we dress, the food we eat, where we eat, whether we beat the sun or lazy enough to see it by noon and myriad such things occupy our mind needlessly. We seldom laugh out loud even to humour. We don’t have time for friends. We rarely make it to social functions. We find every excuse to stay away from family functions. Even if we do attend it is more out of compulsion than willingness.Perhaps we have become severely burdened by unreasonable expectations. Viewing everything through a narrow prism of a regimented life, we have allowed ourselves to be emotionally bankrupt. Idle talk is a strict no-no. The expression is one of depression. So very disturbing. We don’t seem to enjoy life at all. All the time we are driven by having to ‘conform and comply’. Who sets these ‘conform and comply’ rules? If you are in a group, even a simple task of having tea at your chosen time at your chosen place becomes a nightmarish experience. This unabated assault on our minds by the ‘conform and comply’ standards has created such havoc that we have grown to live a robotic life.Why take life so seriously that we become a prisoner despite being outside prison? Time we pressed ‘shift-delete’ button to get rid of junk thoughts. Let us enjoy life, here and now. Take it easy, seriously!
The priciest contract was unit 50C at the Christian de Portzamparc–designed 157 West 57th Street. It was listed for $21 million in October 2018 and went into contract with an asking price of $16.5 million. The seller initially paid $19.35 million when they bought it in April 2015.The trend is noticeable across the pool of 15 properties, 11 of which had price reductions. The average price discount between first and final asking price was 17%, the report showed.The four properties asking above $10 million were hit the hardest, with an average price reduction of 28 percent and an average of 626 days on the market. “The higher you go in price, the greater degree in difficulty and the much longer marketing demand,” Olshan said.The second priciest contract was an 11th-floor co-op apartment at 88 Central Park West with three bedrooms, a music room and a library. Listed in September, it was asking $13.495 million.The average number of days on the market for all the properties was 591.Write to Sylvia Varnham O’Regan at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now 157 West 57th Street (Credit: iStock)Luxury contract signings in Manhattan were up last week, but it’s a little too early to celebrate.Fifteen contracts above $4 million were signed between January 13 and 19, according to the Olshan Luxury Market Report. That was four more than the previous week, but signings overall have been sluggish in 2020, with the first two weeks of January marking the worst start to the year in seven years.The figures suggest a continuation of 2019, with little evidence of recovery in the luxury market. “At this point, we have 34 contracts signed [in 2020], and last year we had 37,” said Donna Olshan, who authors a weekly market report. “It’s not that much different.” (In 2017, there were 68 luxury contract signings in the same time period.)Last week’s properties, a mix of six co-ops, seven condos and two townhouses, represented a total asking price of $126.3 million.Read moreManhattan luxury home market off to worst start in seven yearsNYC’s 5 priciest home sales everMarket value of NYC real estate went up at slowest rate in year