Some say that the older you get, the faster the feeling of time passing by. I remember when I was in school, when it seemed like the school year dragged on for something like forever (even if I liked to go there) and every birthday would seem so far away.
I especially see time moving when I look at my kids. How fast they are growing up. From babies to elementary school kids in what seems like no time at all.
On one hand, I am really enjoying them growing up. The relationships change but for the better as I enjoy seeing them developing their own personalities and characters that are so wonderfully them. On the other hand, I know that the day will come that they will need me in a totally different way and I will have to have a totally different relation to them.
This week the Israeli Channel 10 News are running a series of segments about people who have decided to take a break from the conventional way of life and trying to do things a bit different and slower. In fact, there is a whole movement that advocates a total shift towards slowing down the pace of the world. It is called “Slow Movement” and contains areas like slow food, slow living, slow travel and much more. Although I never go “all in” on any idea or area, I definitely think that there is much inspiration to be found here.
We are after all moving so fast that we sometimes totally miss the present and I often think that a lot of the things we do are totally upside down. For example, we work so hard when our kids are small and only slow down to enjoy the fruit of that labor when they have moved on to their own individual lives.
I know that I can’t slow down time, so I to take a break once in a while to remind myself to try and enjoy the present as much as I can. That has led to some of the changes we have made in our everyday life in recent years. We work from home. We work less. We try to downsize on expenses and material things and we try change our perspective towards the things that matter the most for us: Time to be with the ones we love!