Living Life in the Slow Lane – Enjoy the Ride

Enjoy the ride! In this modern world, where we can have, and must have, everything faster, bigger, better, brighter, louder, overdosing on experience… these three words ‘enjoy the ride’ always seem to evoke a rollercoaster-like experience. Fast – adrenalin-pumping, thrill-filled, awesome – enjoy the ride…

Living life in the fast lane isn’t for everyone though. For me – and perhaps for you, too – the ride is more enjoyable at a slower pace...

Live slow and enjoy it...

I don’t subscribe to the ‘live fast, die young’ epitaph quoted on so many of these so called ‘inspirational’ designs.

Whilst I do believe we shouldn’t waste whatever life-time has been allotted to us, I don’t, personally, think that life in the fast lane enables us to experience life to its fullest glories.

‘Slow’ is always seen as a poor cousin to the glorious ‘fast’ – but living life in the slow lane allows us to really appreciate and connect with what’s going on around us – whether it’s our significant relationships, or feeling a deeper connection with our natural world.

Living life in the slow lane is the artists’ way – taking a little more time to notice and connect with all the wonderful things that most people completely miss.

Stop and watch a bee - it's fascinating!

Stand still for a moment in the countryside and you might hear birds singing, bees humming, trees rustling. You might see a kingfisher dip quietly into a river, and even hear the soft plop as he hits the water.

You might notice a delicate orchid hiding amongst the woodland grasses, or watch a procession of tiny ants.

You've got to be prepared to look closely to spot treasures like this

My dog has really got a handle on living in the slow lane. He’s a rough collie, and a very sensitive little guy. He notices everything – so many times on a dog walk he will stop to listen, to look more closely, or to give a thorough sniffing inspection – from nothing but pure curiosity.

Taking time to stop and stare

As you can imagine, this habit can be less than endearing at times. But I concentrate on how the dog is really making the most of every moment, and every inch, and I think that I can learn something from him about taking the time to stop and stare…

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

………


A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Extracts from poem ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies (1911)

 

There’s certainly something to be said for slowing down, stopping every once in a while – and taking a really good look at what’s around you.

Immerse yourself in taking it all in – connect with whoever, or whatever, is there.

Enjoy slow. Cherish it.

For it is in the pauses that we truly experience the richness and detail of life.

Enjoy raindrops on spring crocus

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