"Ok then, smarty pants, define Slow Living.."
I think I define having a slow life and 'slow living' as seperate things. A slow life means to me that I would have all the time in the world to do things at my leisure, not be required to BE anywhere, anytime. To be an eternal potterer.
Slow living for me takes on a slightly different meaning. It is about taking steps to get to that ideal place. An attitude, a state of mind. A journey even. What can one expect along the way?
For me it starts at home. Nurturing it. It's where I love to be, so it makes sense to start here. Grow a few vegies in the back yard to keep from feeding my loved ones the chemically laden varieties available from the shop. Cutting back on mass marketed products, learning instead to make better and healthier versions of these at home. Looking out for the environment. Using a clothes line instead of a dryer. Saving water. Many people I know (including me!) often go without a shower preferring to use the water instead on their vegie patch. Buying meat locally, that has led a good stress-free life. Recycling. Going to the salvage yard instead of the hardware shop when looking for building materials. (I am a 'tip rat' in a BIG way, more on this in the future). Making ethical decisions when it comes to purchasing. Reviving the old ways that worked for generations. Being in touch with nature. Supporting local suppliers. Bartering. The list is endless.
I also tend to shelter myself from the outside world, rarely see the news and only read the local newspaper. I like living this way, I don't need all the noise of the media bombarding my senses everyday, although often I am out of the loop about current world matters. I didn't know about chocolate slavery. (Yes, really!). You could say I live under a rock. Or is it just a side-effect of striving for (my version of) a slower life?
An old ladder found at the tip shop makes a perfect pumpkin support
This is how I live. Maybe you do the same. Maybe you live differently. It doesn't matter. We all do what works for us and if it doesn't work, we take steps to change it. This here blog of mine is my account of the changes I am making. The journey, remember?
I have come to realise that my life is still going to be somewhat busy while I am working towards a slower state of being. Reality gets in the way, it always does - especially with kids, but I try to work around it or with it.
Reality doesn't have to stop me from pursuing my goals for a simpler, yet more fulfilling life.