Have you ever felt like you’re on the fast lane and life is just passing you by? This is where I am exactly. I feel like my life is playing on fast forward and I’m struggling to keep up with the pace.
The world is moving at neck-breaking speed. There’s all this information coming in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all thanks (or not?) to the internet. I’ve almost forgotten the concept of a lunch break–or any sort of break at that. And by night time? There’s nothing else I’d like to do but let myself fall into our bed and just sleep. The cycle repeats by the time I wake up.
When I received the invitation to my daughter’s moving up day, I knew I had to slow down. I’ve been extremely busy lately that I’m missing out on the present. I remembered, upon reading the poem that came with the invitation, why I decided to work from home. Wasn’t it to spend more time with my family? To be present?
I’ve completely lost track of my why. Thank goodness my daughter pulled me out of the wormhole I’m in and reminded me that life isn’t just about getting things done; that life is meant more for living, not making a living.
“Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls
But everyday I’m growing
I’ll be growing up someday
And all those little handprints
Will surely fade away
So here’s my final handprint
Just for you to recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.”
I feel bad that I let myself get sucked into a state of work. I’ve been on autopilot for so long that I forgot to slow down, look around, and appreciate the little moments happening around me…
like when The Princess read her first book all on her own;
or when The Little Man began reading three-letter words that his sister taught him.
I just know that they know how to do these things, but I have no idea how all these happened! And I feel really, really bad.
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” —Eddie Cantor
Starting today, I will make a conscious effort to slow down. I know it’ll be difficult, especially at this time when my business is growing and I want to pack my schedule with everything I can do to foster more growth, but I will try.
Have you ever felt this way as well? What have you done to slow yourself down?