I don’t want fast food, I want the nourishment of slow food.
I don’t want to take the short cut to the prize, I want to enjoy the long journey.
I don’t want to make ‘a quick buck’, I’m working daily on making a slow million.
I don’t want ‘cheap thrills’, I want to invest my time and energy in building a lifetime of meaningful experiences, lasting love, fun and excitement.
I don’t want to ‘drive the fast car’, I want to enjoy the ‘slow road’.
I don’t want to ‘know it all’, ‘see it all’ or ‘have it all’, not ever, I want to enjoy a life of learning, unfolding the mysteries, discovering beauty and wonder every day, everywhere I go, til the end of my days.
I don’t want ‘what comes easy’, I want to relish in the pride and self-respect that comes with what I have worked hard for.
I don’t want to take the ‘fast track’ to anywhere, I want to take my time, savour the growth, relish the learning, live in the moment.
I don’t want to rush through the week, I want to enjoy what I get from the week, in growth, love and learning.
I don’t want to spend all week trying to find some time to rest, I want to have the energy and zest for life that means I rarely feel the desire to rest nor the need to rest.
I see everyone out there looking for ‘life hacks’, and I have grown to dislike that expression - it sums up this 21st Century belief that life is there to be cheated, beaten, or somehow dominated. It isn’t. In my opinion, life is here to be enjoyed, the planet should be respected, Nature should be loved. We are here to take nothing but joy, memories and learning from the world around, and to give kindness, growth and energy to this gift we have called life.
I don’t want to ‘hack life’ for a minute, I want to slow it down and savour every second, not speed it up to get through as fast as I can.
Someone might say that hacking is about making the most of your time, shortcutting the bits you don’t like, maximising your time for the good stuff.
I get that…but I also think that life would just be better if there weren’t bits in it that we didn’t like in the first place. Instead of spending my time looking for hacks, I spend my time trying to make life so good that I don’t want to hack anything. All I want to do is slow the clock and relish every last second for all that it brings.
But that’s just me, I guess.