I recently saw one of my favorite movies ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and while watching I heard one of the famous quotes from the movie which is: “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!”
How true that is!
At the time of writing this, in just 24 days time I’ll be GETTING MARRIED (whoop whoop!) and my life will enter a brand new chapter. I turned 40 this year and although age doesn’t really matter it’s been a long road getting here. So much has happened and changed over the last 10 years but when I look back, I do often wonder where the time has gone.
Life moves pretty fast
I love that movie for several reasons. The biggest reason of all is that so often we can take life so seriously and whilst doing so, we’re missing all the wonderful opportunities to have fun!
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a balance to be found. There’s a great deal of real world responsibilities that we may need to take care of, but it’s equally important not to get swallowed up by the mundane. You can still live your real life, and still enjoy life. The two are not mutually exclusive.
As much as it’s important to enjoy life and have fun, it’s even more important to pay attention. I’m willing to bet that anyone who’s around the same age as me will agree that life moves pretty fast. However, more crucially, that as you get older life appears to fly by at an increased pace.
When you ask someone what they did last weekend, or two weeks ago, most people won’t be able to remember. Why is that? It’s because we’re not paying attention to the moments the real important stuff. In fact, no moment is less important, just the ones that matter to us more.
As we get older, during the key years of our lives where we often make the biggest decisions of all during our 20s 30s, 40s and 50s. These decisions are the moments which shape life. Yes most of us really don’t pay attention to them.
So, is there a way for us to slow things down?
The good news is, there is!
You don’t have to have those moments where you wonder where time has gone. The truth is all moments are one, yet we live in a dimension of time that give us context of past and future. The present is the only real moment. To apply that to real life these little tips will help you slow time down, and appreciate those special occasions.
- Write! Write and keep a journey journal. Remember the moments you want to remember by documenting them. We have all the tech in the world to take pictures and to capture the important stuff. So download that app that makes it easy for you so you can share this stuff with your friends, family and loved ones. I’ve begun capturing on Facebook a countdown to my wedding. Not for anyone else’s benefit, but for my own.
- Stop! Be mindful for just a few minutes each day. You don’t need to meditate for hours on end. If you can’t manage 20, do 10 minutes. 10 minutes too much? Do 5. If you can’t manage 5, do 2 minutes. Honestly, even just two minutes of meditation will make a huge difference. Make it a simple daily habit.
- Celebrate! Really and truly celebrate the beautiful moments of life. Remember, it’s not just about the big things that happen. Enjoy in the little victories or moments which make up the greatest portion of your life.
So remember: Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it! Keep remembering this mantra!
For more here’s something else you might enjoy. https://unlimitedchoice.org/personal-growth/breathe/
Over to you. Share your thoughts in the comments below. 🙂