A few weeks ago we celebrated Brian's grandmother's birthday. Avó is in her late eighties, and as sharp and beautiful as ever. While sitting at the table, I was casually chatting with his grandfather and he mentioned that he was going to turn 90 soon. After saying that he turned, looked me directly in the eyes and said "90. I didn't think it would come so fast." The day was a whirlwind of family and celebration after, but his words really stuck with me and I've been thinking of them ever since.
Time is a strange thing. I feel like we're all always racing against a clock to go somewhere, do something or get something done. Some days seem to drag on, while others seem to have less hours in the day. Brian's grandfather's words have been on my mind lately, as well as a few other events that remind me how quickly time can pass us by. While I don't think that there's much any of us can do to stop the clock, there's a few habits that I've taken up to help live in the moment and better appreciate the time we all have.
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Put Down The Phone
Isn't it funny how this piece of advice can be applied to so many situations? Honestly I'm definitely not an expert in this since I'm glued to my phone most days, but on the days where I put the device down I can definitely tell a difference in the quality of my time. Now I'm making an effort to put my phone away on weekends, and when I'm spending time with family and friends. Sure I miss out on what's being posted on social media, but in the end I spend less time scrolling mindlessly through my phone and getting to the end of a day feeling like I accomplished nothing.
Start A Journal
I used to journal all of the time when I was younger. Notebooks would fill with my daily ramblings, thoughts and the occasional picture or two. It's so fun now to go through these books to see what occupied my mind as a teen - even if it was mostly about boys. Although I guess now my blog is my journal, I miss taking the time to sit down and write about my day. I'm currently looking for a new journaling system, whether it be the 5 Minute Journal or just starting my own Bullet Journal. I would definitely be interested to hear your thoughts and if you have ever tried either.
Spend More Time OutdoorsFor me, a girl who lives in the middle of a large city, spending time outdoors is crucial. I find it all too easy to spend all my time cooped up in my condo, and wondering where the day went. Getting outside, preferably among nature, is a great way to feel as though time is standing still. I also feel as though spending time outdoors is a great way to lift my mood and give me some perspective, which leads to a more fulfilling day.
Reflect On The Past
While I acknowledge that there is a thin line between reflecting and living in the past, for me nothing makes me realize how much I have accomplished like taking a stroll down memory lane. Brian and I were browsing through old albums the other day, and came across a photo that was seven years old. We couldn't believe how fast seven years had flown by! However, upon further reflection, we realized just how much had happened in seven years: lots of travel, moving in together, a dog, an engagement, a wedding, multiple apartments, lots of highs, and some lows. A lot of life happens in seven years and while it seemed quick, when you reflect on the time you realize just how full the moments can be.
What do you guys think? I'm sorry if this post seems a bit off-character, or all over the place, but I've really been thinking about time lately. You support on my personal posts have been amazing, and I so appreciate your love and positivity as I mould La Petite Noob into a more personal space.
I would love to hear your methods to fight the feeling that time is passing by too quickly. Let me know!
This is a great list! I think we all need to be reminded of this every now and then.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Megan! I agree, I totally needed the reminder xoDelete
I have a bullet journal and it's soooo fun! I turn to Pinterest for my inspiration. Give it a try sometime!ReplyDelete
That's awesome! I'm actually going out today to get my blanc notebook for my first bullet journal!Delete
I used to love writing in a journal and just getting my ideas and thoughts out on paper! I should definitely start doing it again!ReplyDelete
Elizabeth || Liz Living
I'm with you Elizabeth, I really need to start getting into journalling again.Delete
I love this post! You've inspired me to keep a journal and we need to go on more grandma walks!!ReplyDelete
Sabrina | mymiaou.com
YES TO GRANDMA WALKS!!!! XODelete
Such a great post. I love keeping a journal! But sometimes I totally forget about it and go so long without writing.. Needs to become more of a habit!ReplyDelete
That's the same as me! I am so good when I first start a journal, but then I forget to write in it.Delete
I to live in the moment and not wait — the time is now!ReplyDelete
YES! I love this, and totally agree! xoDelete
I agree! We are too distracted by social media and it greatly affects our mood.ReplyDelete
I'm the same way Ann-Marie. I'm trying to limit that distraction as much as I can!Delete