Nov 14, 2013

Things Everyone Should Start Making Time For Again

heey! a new day ahead! a fresh new beginning!

a friend of mine shared this on facebook and after reading it, i think that many of us (the younger generation) should take a look at it so here i am!

living in today world just create a new society that runs and walk faster than the old days where people could take time to talk while they were getting their morning breakfast. it's hard to slow down in this hectic world but there are things that people should start making time for. slow down! enjoy life!

1. Writing things by hand.
Letters to friends, lists for the store, goals for the week, notes for lovers, thank you cards and memos to coworkers. digital communication is easy and convenient but ask anybody, there's a huge difference between texting someone to say that you love them and hope they have a great day and writing it on a note and leaving it next to their bed. so, keep the post-notes ready!

2. Savoring time to do nothing.
ouh, this is my favorite. i can just lie on bed doing nothing and just staring into space when i am too stressful. i guess it's kinda nice way to de-stress. besides, taking a cue from pre-industrialized society and cultures that enjoy siestas and long, drawn-out, sit-down teas that serve no other purpose than to spend time enjoying the time you have.

3. Thinking before responding.
we've become too conditioned to require things immediately. someone asks a question, and we have to respond that second, facebooking? the other party (especially my mom) always asked why i so slow in answering them. =_____=

 such was not the case before instant messaging and comment threads. a sign of true intelligence and confidence, i think, is someone who takes time to consider the question at hand in a little more depth, and then offers a response.

4. Cooking a nice meal just for the sake of doing so.
it really trains you to defy your need for instant gratification and of course puts you in touch with something that's very human and can be lovely if done right. so, get your apron and spatula people! plus it's healthier to cook!

5. Getting really dressed up for no other reason than just wanting to.
it's always a hard chore for me to get dressed up for class since i am always thinking that i will not be meeting anyone special but what's the harm right in getting dressed up? you look pretty AND someone who is full of confidence. isn't it?

6. Books.
ouuh~ i love books but i don't really like books in ebook form. it's just not the same feeling with reading the real actual hard copy book! besides, actual hard copy books that you can scribble notes in and mark off sections of and smell ink through and hear the sound of turning pages and bending spines while you read. ahh~ i miss my books sitting on the shelf at home.

7.  Making phone calls to relatives for no other reason than to just say hi.
it's a great way to keep the relationship going and it's kinda nice to have someone calling just to ask how are we.

8. Disconnecting from technology frequently enough that we won't be anxious and feeling like we're missing something when we try to do so for an extended period of time.
it's time to put down the phone, get out of the house and go smell so roses. it may sound corny but heey, it's a great way to get some sun and enjoy nature!

9. Celebrating things with long, multiple course dinners that we hold for people as opposed to just drinking ourselves into an oblivion and being belligerent (that has it's time and place, of course, but having thoughtful, celebratory dinners is a dying art).

10. Cleaning because it's satisfying and doing things like painting walls or getting fresh flowers just because it's therapeutic. it is! i always love to see how clean my tables are and getting the dirty laundry off it's hook but it always will come back within one day (especially my table) with my messiness.

11. Spending time with kids, and doing kid things with them. they just know what's up.

12. Answering things in a timely fashion, not putting off invitations and request just because we can. ouuh, i'm bad at this. T___T

13. Making sure relationships are actually based on time spend with one another.
people seems to be sustaining them through only digital means with increasing frequency and i can understand how that's important if its temporarily long distance but in general, physically being with people is the only thing that will give you that sense of human connected-ness.

14. Just sitting and listening to music.
we've made music background noise in our everyday lives, but now and again we should just sit and enjoy it like people used to. ahh~ putting your dancing shoes on.

15. Traveling by train, or if that's not possible, at least exploring places that you pass everyday.
especially if you live in a big city, there are always little hidden gems around that you won't believe you lived without seeing while they were a block away from you all along.

16. Putting personal health and well-being first, as it often falls to the wayside in importance.
this means, aside from the obvious, taking those personal days and using them to just relax. we've made such a quirky commodity out of enjoying napping and relaxing, as though doing so makes us boring and old. it doesn't, it's healthy.

17. Planning something, especially with someone else, as simple as dinner or as grandiose as a long vacation next year. you always need something to look forward to. i always have plans. name it, birthday parties, food travelogue, traveling by car, and so many more laa.

18. Stopping to talk to people throughout the day. 
connecting with them genuinely, as such interaction is really important but is becoming increasingly less common. turning our phones off when out to dinner (who ever turns them off anymore?) and learning to not spend all of our time documenting whatever we're doing for social media. it often takes away from the experience itself.

and that's all from me (with the help of the real article shared by my friend).

i think it is really important to just stop for a while and catch on what is really happening in lfie instead of being busy with our technology and personal stuff. get in touch with the people around you or else, we are just going to be like those computer like guys who just look at their gadgets while interacting.

eunice gm.


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