This I Believe

Shawn - Sullivan, Missouri
Entered on May 11, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: carpe diem

I believe that when I slow down life becomes more enjoyable. I live in a household where everyone acts like they are in a race traveling at 200 miles per hour with no pit stops. Until I was about thirteen years old I was just another car in the race, worrying about what I need to get done and what the next day was going to bring.

I was lying in bed one night, thinking about what I needed to do the next day when I thought popped into my head: think about it in the morning. I was relaxed and had not one thought on my mind, I felt great. I then realized I had been living my life too fast and I was not enjoying it. From that night forward, I have tried to live my life relaxed, calm, stress free and slow and tried to get pleasure from every day. I am not saying I am never stressed out or don’t feel like I have a million things to do because I sometimes get that way but when it does happen I remind myself to slow down and take some time to not worry about anything.

I am not saying I am a bum that does nothing at all. I just slow down and take a little bit of time out of each day to do absolutely nothing and just relax even if it is just five minutes of the day. During finals week my senior year I was so stressed about the tests I needed to study for and all of the graduation arrangements that I needed to accomplished that I was a wreck. During that week I had to remind myself to take some time for me and not to worry. When I did this my day became less hectic and I felt less anxious about things that occurred throughout the day or things that will soon occur in the day.

We have all seen or interacted with the people who are so uptight that if they laughed or had a good time it would be a miracle. These people get this way by being strained with their every day lives, never getting a chance to slow down, unwind, chill out and not have to do something. If these people would just take the time to sit down, let everything go, unbutton their pants, and just slow down, they would feel a lot better about their lives and they might even enjoy it.

I don’t want to be one of those uptight people, so when I feeling hectic I just remember what I believe in: when I slow down life becomes more enjoyable. If I did not take the time to slow down I would not enjoy my life the way I do.