“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” ~Gandhi
I have always been a person who wants to be one step ahead. I think my parents would say that I liked to push the boundaries. I wanted to experience many things, and I wanted to experience them quickly.
When my brother went to sleep-away camp, I had to go the next year despite being three years younger than him.
At age 13 I had to ski with the older kids, racing faster and harder than I was ready for.
When I was 15 I pushed to take a trip to Mexico with a friend despite my parents’ better judgment (and when I look back on this I realize I really was too young).
In college I continued to push the limits. This seemed okay at the time because everyone was doing it.
By the age of 24 I had broken away from the safety of my home state and moved myself out west and back again, living in some of the country’s most exciting places.
I wouldn’t’ stay long though—two years here, one year there.
I rushed through each amazing place, taking in as much as I could. I landed great jobs but didn’t stay long. I wanted more and I wanted change. What was I seeking?
Two years ago life shifted for me, and I was forced to slow down a bit.
I found myself in pursuit of a life-changing career. I became a teacher. I spend my days with nine year olds. Nothing makes you live in the moment like being surrounded my children. They require your complete presence and attention.
I don’t think many would call the teaching profession and stress reliever, but I find it makes me slow down and appreciate every day.
I also met a man who completely changed how I saw the world. He is older, and has experienced more of life than I have (not just in years, but in challenges and experiences I cannot imagine).