Why slow living can take you further
Modern society has advanced with speed in mind. Technology has developed to make things faster. And we've been swept up in it. We believe we should be just as fast and if we're not, we think we're unproductive.
Slow living is the resistance we need in today's world. It sounds counterintuitive, but here's why slowing down can take you further.
You're more intentional
“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
I embraced slow living when I realised I wasn't happy with where I had rushed to. The race felt pointless.
You find your true sense of self-worth
We put a lot of emphasis on being busy. It's a badge of honour, intrinsically tied to self-worth. But our value is not in how productive we are. By slowing down, we can find our real value.
You better your relationship with productivity
Often our attempts to be productive, lead to us to do more work. We think, "I'll use this time to get ahead".
When you slow down, you embrace productivity as a means to make time for what matters. This is the real meaning of productivity.
You think more clearly
You become more mindful. You connect with what you're doing on a deeper level. And in doing so, you think more clearly and thus make better decisions.
You avoid stress and burnout
Burnout is not a buzzword, it's a reality for many people. It's a byproduct of hustle culture. Slowing down is the antidote.
Slowing down is not about going slow. It's about going at the right pace for you.
I hope you resist the system and pressures that encourage you to work and live as fast as possible. Go at your own pace.