We live life at break neck speed often missing what’s right under our nose. I’ve done this for much of my life. I started work in my early 20s selling fax machines when they were the same price as a small car. With the advent of the internet my 30s were all about the burgeoning digital world and I travelled up and down the UK, and at one point, to Amsterdam. My 30s were a blur of trains, motorways and meetings. My 40s were very similar until my Mum was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. She died two years later and my Dad and I sold both our houses to buy a third house together. Another two years and he was also gone.
The realisation hit me that life wasn’t forever, that time was ticking away and I needed to pursue all those goals and dreams that I’d nurtured but done nothing about. I still did nothing.
What followed were another 3 years of early starts, long commutes, to do lists, and meetings. I longed to spend sunny days in the garden tending my plants. I hankered after quiet afternoons sitting in my reading room, book in hand, coffee on the table. Most of all, I dreamed of uninterrupted time to go out and about with my camera or iPhone.
Whether by chance or design, I started coming across blogs and books about a different way of living. I’d read a few in the past but none had really stuck. I began to think about an alternative life.
Then I made a leap of faith.
Where am I headed? I have no idea. I foresee a future of spending lots of time outdoors, seeing my seeds grow (and not die because I didn’t have time to water them for two days), cultivating my garden and actually sitting in it, and projects such as this website.
I believe I’m on a journey whose destination is not yet clear.
I’m also convinced that we were designed for a slower pace of life, that we are here to experience joy and fulfil our potential as well as our dreams. I’ve also been contemplating whether slow living could save the planet.
I’m going to be exploring a more mindful way of life, one connected with the seasons and the natural world, and make a life and living on my own terms. I’m excited about what the future holds and look forward to sharing the journey with you here.