On Slowing Down And Living The Simple Life

On Slowing Down And Enjoying The Simple Life

I think we work too hard.

I think we stress too much.

I think we’re headed in the wrong direction.

We’re not enjoying life like we should.

No, we’re not.

When you’re stuck at your office for 50+ hours a week, how can you?

I think our priorities are all screwed up.

Our culture’s at fault for that, but we continue to perpetuate these screwed up priorities, and no one’s putting an end to it.

We’re glorified when our jobs are our lives.

We’re considered slackers when our jobs are just PART of of them.

We war hard so we can spend money.

We spend money we don’t have, and then we have t work to pay it back.

With so much exhaustion around us, where is there room for enjoying this?

This life.

Where’s the time and the energy to enjoy it all?

Where’s the wonder?

I feel like people used to explore.

All the books I’ve read tell me it’s true.

That people enjoyed things.

They went outside.

They made friends.

They made memories.

Family time was family time.

Not everyone on the couch on their iPhones time.

Not mom and dad getting home at 8pm and then logging back into their computers, checking e-mails until bedtime.

What are we really missing out on?

My gut tells me, a lot.

My gut tells me we need to slow down.

Like, way way down.

I want to enjoy life.

I want to explore.

I want to wonder.

I want to sit outside, no phone in my hand, and enjoy the sounds.

Enjoy the breeze.

For just a few seconds, I want to not worry about anything.

I want to feel grounded.

Centered.

Connected to myself.

Who does that anymore?

Who has time for the simple life?

Lucky them…

Not so lucky most of us.

Most of the time, I feel like my brain is on fire.

Too much to do…

It consumes me.

I want to do everything, and I also want to do nothing.

But I want to live my life.

Live it and feel it and breathe it.

I want to do things that are fun and exciting.

Things that scare me.

Things that challenge me.

Too many empty shells walking around.

Too many dreams thrown to the side.

Let’s pick them back up.

Let’s go for it.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Christine

    January 14, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I definitely need to slow down and I am always on the go or in a hurry. This reminded me I need to take the time and enjoy what the moment. It will help me be a better person if I just slow down, reflect and breath.

  2. Kiara Catanzaro

    January 14, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    This is exactly what I needed to read today! For me, it’s not just about a career because I’m currently working part-time and blogging while I finish my Master’s. It’s all-consuming. I feel like I need to reconnect with myself and spend time appreciating life’s simple moments! Thanks for the wake-up call!

  3. Rubi

    January 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I get really down on myself when I cant keep up with blogging, work and school, but then I realize that I cant do it all and sometimes I just need to sit at home and do nothing. No homework, no blog posts, no work emails. I really want to travel more in 2016 because I miss it so much, so I’m working a little harder at work so that for the first time I can travel comfortably, no more hostels!

  4. Courtney

    January 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I think we’re in the middle of a mass priority shift, and it’s pretty exciting 🙂

  5. Jenny

    January 14, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Yes to this!
    I feel like such a slave to my work and wish that I didn’t have to work 40+ hours a week to get by.
    It gives us so much less time to enjoy anything else.

    xoxo, Jenny

  6. Kara

    January 14, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Love this! It is so important to just take a look back in life and realize what is all going on!

  7. Tawni

    January 15, 2016 at 2:33 am

    So good! I agree!!

  8. Rachel

    January 15, 2016 at 10:06 am

    So love this. I need to slow down and be more present in the moment!

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  10. Megan

    January 23, 2016 at 1:44 am

    This was so insightful! I completely agree that we should all attempt to slow down and enjoy more, but I struggle to do that when I need to work constantly to support myself/move my career forward. Any tips on balancing these things?

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