I took the day off yesterday. And, Monday as well. I wasn’t sick nor was there was any immediate need for me to take leave. But, I just needed time to recoup. A teensie escape, if you will. Like Miguel said in his 2015 hit song, “I just want the simple things…“
Slow living is an uphill battle for me. Merely defined as “a mindset whereby you curate a more meaningful and conscious lifestyle that’s in line with what you value most in life“, slow living is more complex that the connotation may put on. One must focus on what is most treasured within their life, one must also be aware of what motivates their actions and how to continue on the path to fulfillment – one day at a time.
In these past two days, I’ve truly embraced the slow living mantra. My primary focuses were set on what makes me happy.
For the weekend, I attended church and prayed for grace and coverage throughout my week. I graced J. Cole’s latest concert in Houston. I also worked out and dedicated time to maintaining my physical strength.
On Tuesday, I sipped on a grande Honey Oatmilk Latte at a local Starbucks. I people watched a bit. I dropped my dog off to the groomer. I immersed myself in a new Spotify Neo-soul station and I took my car to get a much needed cleaning. I spent a few hours exploring a local thrift shop with my sister. And, we topped off the day with a ramen date at Iekei.
In between each outing, I did breathing exercises, took in the sounds and sights of each location and practiced gratitude for being able to indulge in such an unpretentious day. I was present and I was content. There’s power in being able to appreciate all that life has to offer. Aside from consistently posting for social media and crossing things off our to-do list, slow living allows you approach tasks in a highly reflective and methodical state.
As I draft this post, I’m sipping on a glass of Jam Jar’s Sweet Shiraz and keeping it cozy with one of my favorite 70’s films, Dolemite. These are the makings of the perfect evening.
My advice, to anyone feeling the effects of burnout and the drudge of being overworked, is to take time for yourself. Whether it’s a day, a week or a month, it is beneficial to carve out time to re-center on what aligns you and to get back in tune with life’s simple pleasures. Enjoy your family. Cultivate your hobbies. Inspire yourself through intentional living.