There’s so much we’re expected to fit into a day. Do this. Go here. Remember this. Take that. Pick up this. Finish that. And we wonder why, at the end of the year, we catch ourselves saying:
“Time is moving too fast”!
No, time isn’t moving too fast, we are. When did we collectively start normalising killing ourselves with busyness?
It has slowly become normal and even expected to make a daily attempt at being superhuman. It’s completely ridiculous, not to mention unrealistic. ALSO, it’s not working! Not for me, not for anyone.
If you haven’t noticed, we’re all wiggin’ out. So, can someone with a degree tell me how we got here and what needs to happen for society to start slowing down before we destroy ourselves?
In the meantime, can we normalise taking care of ourselves? Normalise slowing down and really listening to each other? Normalise taking time to celebrate, heal and grieve? Freakin normalise not running around like crazy people and giving each other permission to stop and listen to our intuition?
It’s an irony of our modern lives that while technology is continually invented that saves us time, we use that time to do more and more things, and so our lives are more fast-paced and hectic than ever. Life moves at such a fast pace that it seems to pass us by before we can really enjoy it.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s rebel against a hectic lifestyle and slow down to enjoy life.
A slower-paced life means making time to enjoy your mornings, instead of rushing off to work in a frenzy. It means taking time to enjoy whatever you’re doing, to appreciate the outdoors, to actually focus on whoever you’re talking to or spending time with – instead of always being connected to a smartphone or laptop, instead of always thinking about work tasks and emails. It means single-tasking rather than switching between a multitude of tasks and focusing on none of them.
Slowing down is a conscious choice, and not always an easy one, but it leads to a greater appreciation for life and a greater level of happiness.