This concept is still very new to me. It is something I have wanted to embrace for quite a while but changing my mindset was a long process, yet I am still slightly confused on what others feel slow living involves.
I recently read this post, which raised even more questions as to what the true meaning of slow living is.
I think this concept means something completely different to everyone who adopts this lifestyle, some think it means you reign in your spending, getting rid of as many possession as possible and lower your ambitions, as stated in the post mentioned above.
I sent a tweet to find out what others thought and fellow blogger and slow living adopter, Annie Spatt from Fable and Folk, shared this:
I’ve embraced a slow paced life of late. I want to call it slow living but whenever I read about slow living it usually mentions minimalism, de-cluttering and living with less as being part of ‘the movement’. The thing is I like cosy clutter, possessions, bits and bobs that tie me to the past, the I have formed attachments to and giving those things up just doesn’t feel right. But buying more locally, walking instead of driving, preparing meals from scratch, slowly and with love and such things do feel right. For me the true meaning of slow living is the pace of life, doing things with thought and consideration and not how minimally I can live.
To me, slow living is linked to living authentically and purposefully, making each day count and being true to yourself. In today’s society, there is too much competition, we share everything through social media, leading to many of us feeling left behind and not fulfilled in our lives.
Authentic and purposeful living means living a life that’s right for you and which you are comfortable with. Doing a job you love (be that bringing up your children, pursuing a hobby as a business, or writing a book). Spending more time on hobbies and with family. Making the most of what you have and not selling out for the things you don’t.
This is my definition of slow living. You can still want to achieve and grow, just at a pace that suits you.
What do you think?