Slow living – imagine if once in a while you can stop, marvel and enjoy life to its fullest. With no interruptions, no distractions, just life itself.
Especially in a world where we basically do not stop, although the pandemic taught us to slow down at least for a while. Doesn’t that sound just perfect? Imagine if you could just stop, slow down and unmind. Even for one single day.
Slow living is a concept of how to live life basically. It’s a concept about slowing down and enjoying the very little things in life – no books, no tv, just you and the silence around you.
But what exactly is “slow living?”
Actually I didn’t really know about this concept until I started writing about this. I just knew slow living by Alex, because she put it on the stories and I like how catchy it is. But, now that I actually started reading about it, I like it even more.
Slow living is primarily an Italian concept where you strip down your schedule, you sleep 8h per night and you enjoy the aroma and taste of the food.
Wolf was inspired to write the post by spending her summers in Italy and learning that living slow is better than living fast. Slow living is a direct ode to enjoying life without the rush and fast living – as a direct response to consumerism and fast food in the ’80s.
Slow living means life is a marathon, not a sprint
My opinion is, and I constantly find this more and more true as I grow up and mature, that life is a marathon – it’s not a sprint. Especially for someone who hates slow running, slow living, and is always on the run – this is pretty shocking.
I thought that slow living is for people who have nothing to do, but more and more I realize that it’s for people who have to do everything. I feel like it’s very hard to slow down when you are living a fast life. But, just like with everything fast – you bore yourself out or even worse – you burn out.
My favorite part from Alex Wolf’s blog is this:
I’ll never forget what Samin Nosrat, a well-known chef and author of “Salt, Fat, Acid Heat” said on her cooking show.
She mentioned how much she used to hate mundane tasks like peeling garlic in culinary school. But as time passed, the rush of traveling the world as a chef overwhelmed her. She realized that when she had the opportunity to peel garlic at home, it was actually a privilege.
“I had to think about it. What else would I rather be doing?” She says.
And this got to me so much. You probably never stop. Especially if you’re a university student – your day revolves around studying eating and probably barely sleeping. And you burn out so fast.
You are tired from being tired
You are tired. And that tiredness becomes a daily thing. Then, it becomes a life thing. It happened to me, up until to the point that I skipped going to the doctor with a very serious problem just because I couldn’t take out the time because I was working constantly.
And then I got fired. Then I went to Erasmus just to realize how tired I was from working constantly with no break. So, now I am learning to marathon and not to sprint.
Just like everything in life, it’s a process and you need the time to learn it. Sure, you also make mistakes along the way, but that doesn’t stop me and it shouldn’t stop you.
Making mistakes for the first time is great – you learn so much from making mistakes. Mistakes are the reason you evolve and grow. Of course, unless you keep repeating that mistake.
So, make those mistakes and grow. In the meantime, learn the art of slow living. It’s important to take time off during the day to unwind. And if we can learn that, I think we would be unstoppable.
Do business when it’s time for business, but when it’s time to relax, use that time to relax. Unwind. Make amazing food and take your time to eat it. Have a glass of wine – one of my biggest pleasures, except eating sweet things.
The 20% rule
Probably the number one thing that is helping me learn the art of slow living is the 20% rule:
You have 24 hours in one day. In order to not burn yourself out, take 20% of your day to do a thing that relaxes you – whether that’s reading, taking a long shower, making delicious food or anything else. If you learn how to manage your time properly, you can be unstoppable.
So, now I am off after experiencing a whole day of slow living. I am off to bed, with strength to get back to business tomorrow. I hope you learn and start to love the art of slow living. It’s nothing fancy or glamorous, but if done right it can help you with the war of burning out.
Keep the light on forever by putting it on battery saving mode. Recharge when you need to. Enjoy the food, enjoy sleep. Listen to calming music (this has been my playlist for today)