Are you always in a hurry? I used to be in a hurry too. I set two alarm clocks, ate breakfast in the car and scheduled my life down to the minute. When I decided to redesign my life, one of my goals was to slow down and learn to enjoy being in the present. Based on my observations in the past few weeks, it seems to be working.
I understand the hurried life- you have a job, kids, and responsibilities. You have to GET THINGS DONE. What I don’t understand is why so many of us are constantly living in the future, hurrying for time to pass and hurrying to move on to the next thing. The countdown to the weekend begins on Monday. Why would you throw away four days of your life?
In early August, I started seeing the Facebook posts about fall. “I love everything about autumn! It is time for Pumpkin Spice Latte and Sweatshirts! Who is with me?” I wanted to reply “Not me.” I love fall too, when it is actually fall, but I don’t want to wish summer away.
I was in Target yesterday and saw a trendy looking young woman. She looked great, black jeans tucked into tall boots with adorable plaid boot toppers. She had on a denim shirt, covered with a gray sweater, topped with a quilted vest. She wore an infinity scarf around her neck. She looked adorable, Pinterest worthy in every respect. In fact, I am sure this outfit is pinned on someone’s “Fall Fashion Inspiration” board. The problem? It was 77 degrees outside. I was wearing flip flops and a T Shirt. It was WARM.
I understand the desire to wear the cute outfit- but already? Really? I will spend enough time this winter in boots and jackets. Here in the Midwest, winter is long and cold. I want to savor every sockless minute of summer. This weekend it will be in the upper 70’s. While some people are planning to huddle around a fire, I plan to go canoeing. The water temperature is at its warmest of the year. I know the lake will not be crowded.
One of my occupational joys, or sometimes hazards, is that I read a lot of blogs. I especially like drooling over people’s home decor. The Fall home tours have been rampant for a month or two now. I love pumpkins and fall leaves as much as the next person, but I don’t want them in my home before the leaves on the trees outside actually change colors.
Today someone shared her Thanksgiving tablescape. It was lovely, but I will appreciate it more in November. September is one of my favorite months- I don’t want it to leave early. I don’t want to think about turkey and dressing, I want to enjoy the fresh apples. Alas, the apple posts and recipes are gone now.
I was flipping channels this morning and one of the shopping channels had their Christmas decor bonanza. No, just no. I haven’t bought my pumpkins yet. I know that in early November people will be putting up their Christmas trees. The same people will take them down on December 26. Why are they in such a hurry?
I understand what it is to be busy. I am future oriented when it comes to setting and achieving life goals. I am as organized as the next person when it comes to planning ahead. I just can’t get on this rushing through the seasons bandwagon. I want to actually see and enjoy the changing fall colors, not miss it while I put up my Christmas lights.
Psychological studies have found that the best way to be happy is to enjoy the present. I am not going to waste my precious life by wishing time away, waiting for the weekend, the holiday or the next vacation. Anticipation is fun and exciting, but not if it causes us to lose sight of what is happening in our lives now.
It is a cliché- but maybe we should take time to smell the roses. And yes, mine are still blooming and you can see them because they are not hidden under pumpkins or, heaven forbid, snowmen.