by Luke W.
We wake up, run through the morning to make it out of the house on time because if we are out of the house two minutes later than usual we will hit the traffic, we arrive at work to rush through our day, go home take care of things, rush through the night falling into our bed too late, and wake up to do the same thing tomorrow. It seems like we have found ourselves in a never ending cycle. And then we start looking around at our lives wondering “How did I get stuck in this place, of which I don’t even really love?”
It is time we SLOW DOWN & change the rhythm of our life.
I am 25 years old, 3 years out of college, unmarried, & also childless… in the heart of Alabama this isn’t the “ideal situation” in many people’s minds. Personally, it only bothers me when I start thinking like the status quo. But, being only 3 years out of college and in the working world, I have to admit that I can already feel that nagging within that says “Watch out, you’re really close to settling. You are really close to missing the beauty in life. You are really close to just living an ordinary life.” And let’s be honest, I do not want anything to do with the ORDINARY life.
(Let me note here that I love my job, I love my family, and love my life. That should ease some of your minds.) But, I know this, if I continue with this routine (not focusing on life) I will find myself in a terrible place. We surround ourselves each day with our iPhone (Facebook app to the Instagram app to the Twitter app and REPEAT), our iPad, our computers, our loud music, favorite TV shows, etc. and we forget to slow down to enjoy REAL LIFE. The moment that we start replacing real life with tech life we will completely have lost ourselves. We were made for real life!
Social media, classic media, etc. are all good things and can be great things but we can so overuse them that we are no longer worried about normal interaction until one day we wake up and realize something is terribly wrong… we are all alone, we don’t know where the past 3 or more years have gone or we simply are completely exhausted because we have been so into our daily routine, social media, and schedule that we have missed out on life.
Here are some suggestions (that I am taking now):
- Put down your phone, switch off the TV, leave your laptop/iPad at the office and spend time with a real person. Call a friend instead of texting them. Ask a family member or friend what they are struggling with right now and share with them what you’re struggling with right now.
- Next time you are looking for media entertainment pick up a good book and sit down on your couch or outside and read it. (When you want to go to the app store for a new fun app go to the bookstore instead or to find a good film to watch.)
- Instead of going to the gym to workout next time take a walk in the park… and better than alone, find a friend you haven’t been with in a while and go walk with them.
- Send someone that you haven’t seen in a while a card in the mail.
- Instead of TMZ.com or your favorite gossip magazine (or men’s magazine or website) check out something more soul-filling.
- Instead of posting that #selfie on Instagram find a picture of someone you admire (that doesn’t know you admire them) and put a picture of them on your Instagram letting them know why they are amazing.
SIMPLY CHANGE THE SPEED OF THINGS… CHANGE HOW YOU DO LIFE.
EVALUATE THINGS WITH THIS QUESTION: “Is this enriching me or depleting me?” — Most things we do are depleting us. The sad thing is, we won’t even notice until we are almost fully depleted.