Climb Mount Fuji
But slowly, slowly!”
This haiku by Issa is such a simple, but wonderful explanation of how the journey is more important than the destination. It’s easy to set a lengthy list of goals at the beginning of a new year, and equally as easy to forget about the journey towards them.
I think 2016 sounds like as good of a time as any to take a step back and embrace some slow living. The fact that “slow living” is even a term, much less an unorthodox way of living, is bizarre to me. But I know as well as anyone it’s easy to get swept up in everything going on around me, adding more and more to the to-do list, feeling expected to have this, that, or the other, so forth and so on, ad nauseam. So maybe, at least for January, slowing down will do us all some good.
It seems counter-intuitive to take a “slower” approach when the new semester is starting and many of you will have a plethora of new challenges and deadlines to meet. However, “slower” in this case may translate to “more realistic”, in which case piling on as many tasks as possible (which can be self-defeating) is less desirable than choosing fewer tasks with optimal importance. Classes are already chosen at this point, but extra curricular activities and organizations can still be adjusted. Remember to provide yourself time to decompress and unwind every day. Otherwise you may find yourself several months down the road, frazzled and completely worn down.
Your apartment is your home, your domain. No apartment is perfect and we will always want to improve this room or fix that closet, etc. Don’t let the pinterest boards get to you- the internet is a fabulous place to get ideas for improvements (which I love to post!), but don’t think you can’t have a happy and attractive space without going nuts overhauling the place with expensive changes. I personally prefer eclectic spaces with more character, which usually comes from a lived-in looking space full of photographs and well worn furniture. Embrace what you already have and feel comfortable in your apartment.
Take a deep breath and enjoy some slow living this year. You may find that with more time to do things like reading, observing, and reflecting, you’ll have a more fulfilling year. Here’s to 2016!
(photo credit: yama-bato.tumblr.com)