Wednesday, June 12, 2013
We have been working for a few years now to slow our life down, to live close to the earth and her seasons and to live life on our own terms. We are succeeding on some level and yet, we still feel like we could slow down more, do less and connect more deeply to the moment we are experiencing right now.
We know we are different. We know what we dream of, the slowness of a life lived in tune with the seasons, is not for everyone. We are okay with that. In fact, most days we are not aware of just how different we are. We are fortunate to have a community of wonderful, like minded people who are on the same path and we share many adventures with them.
On Sunday when we traveled into the city for a little birthday celebration for my dad, both Justin and I were keenly aware of just how different we are and how slow our lives have really became. I do travel into the city pretty regularly, but those visits usually revolve around visiting friends at their home or a trip to the farmers market, both places where people who share our views are present, but on Sunday we were in the heart of the city.
All around us people were rushing to get somewhere. Walking fast, headphones on, eyes straight ahead, there was no time for eye contact, let alone a smile or a hello. People were too busy to hold a door, too tied up in a phone call to connect with the person right in front of them or had their face in a screen totally disconnected from what was going on around them. I heard people rushing little ones along, taking them right out of the moment and into the rush of the adult world.
It has taken me a few days to really pinpoint what I was feeling during our day in the city, and yesterday I mentioned it to Justin, and he got it. He understood exactly what I was feeling, because he too felt it. So, yet again, we realize we are different. Different from what many people consider normal in their busy days.
And we are okay with it. We enjoy living slow in our little corner of the world and we are happy we have found people to share this life with. People who appreciate the slowness of life, who enjoy the moments as they come and who join us in celebrating the little things.