I am trying as hard as I can to be as time efficient as possible. I have digitised my diary, joined the class WhatsApp group so I don’t miss kids events at school, I have got email alerts reminding me what days my pilates is on and even the vet pings me a text to let me know my hound needs her jabs.
Then why do I feel like I am constantly running to stand still? Perhaps it’s time to unplug from our devices and give ourselves a break.
This year I joined the growing number of mid lifers and millennials in investing in a record player ( I really wanted it for myself but bought it as a present for Sebastian). It has been a total revelation and made me think about how taking time over things really does increase the pleasure and satisfaction you get out of them. The act of carefully putting on a record, setting the needle, and actually listening to an entire album play instead of the usual arguing about which song from whose playlist to stream has been a complete joy.
The slow movement gets my vote and I am going to try to take some time every day to focus on doing something I want to do without rushing it. I am going to stop putting off the things I want to do because I am ‘too busy’… instead I am going to set aside some time to do the things that make me happy.
So instead of hurriedly waving a gratitude at my neighbour for taking in that parcel (and thus saving World Book Day), I’m going to drop her a line to say Thank You. To my friend Nina I will pop a card through her door, because although I see her every day, I somehow haven’t taken the time to tell her how much our friendship means.
Living life at a slower pace has many advantages but I am realistic about what I can and can’t (sorry, won’t) do. I am not going to take up Woodwork or Bikram Yoga, as painting with Watercolours give me that same sense of relaxation. I am going to revisit the kitchen garden I always pined for and I will make Jam, or, at the very least, flavour my gin.
With this newly found freedom in mind, I am going to put on a record, flip through my new recipe book and dream up a fabulous name to call my home made chutney, I feel a win at the village show coming on!
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