In the twenty-first century, there seems to be the thought that fast is always better. We live in a society where being ahead is the new norm and doing things at a conventional speed is frowned upon. People want to get things done. But this is a problem. In fact, it is the problem. By going too fast we miss a sense of what we are doing or why. People need the reminder to slow down and enjoy life. We need to breathe, relax, and learn to truly appreciate the small moments that will or else simply pass us by.
We need to take a step back to take a step forward. We need to think about what we are doing. We need to stop and smell the roses. People or students might say that they don’t have the time to, but that’s the thing; we need to make the time. It’s just that important to do. It’s as important as working or studying.
We may not always realize it, but life is short. In the blink of an eye, we grow up, we graduate high school, we go to college, we get a job, we get married, etc. Then suddenly one day we are left wondering, where all these moments went. We are left with regret for rushing things and just trying check things off our to-do list. Our reasons for doing this may vary but usually it’s because we want to succeed and just be happy, but why can’t we just be happy in the present moment? Slowing down is a difficult thing to do, but here are some tips to help you out:
- Be present and aware. Life gets overwhelming. It gets overwhelming for everyone. When you are faced with a million things to do, close your eyes and empty your mind for a moment. Then bring yourself back to the present.
- Disconnect yourself. We are now alway connected through social media, text, and email with our constantly improving technology. We can be interrupted wherever we are whether by a Facebook update or a message. It isn’t to slow down when you’re always being updated.
- Breathe. We are constantly tense and under pressure even when we don’t realize it. Taking a second to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths will relax you and help bring you to a calm place.
- Read. Not many people nowadays get the opportunity to just sit and read a book. Reading a book will let you escape the stressful mind and world that we are subject to.
If all else fails, remember that everything will work out in the end. Just believe that everything will work out eventually. Any problem that you are having will someday seem insignificant. Any situation you are in will somehow work out.
About Audrey Kim
Audrey was born in Hawaii, then moved to California. She currently lives in Seoul, South Korea. This is Audrey’s second year living in Seoul, and she is excited to be a Sophomore at Seoul Foreign School. Audrey loves to use Snapchat, listen to old music, and of course, writing. One of her main goals in life is to have no regrets, and so far she’s doing pretty well.