I have sketchbooks filled with ideas I want to get done. When I’m in the need of a theme as it is the case with the Collaborative Unit we just started, I usually flip back through these. From my last year’s notes, the mention of SLOW LIFE popped out.
I might have simply meant it as a word-play against FAST LIFE. A type of lifestyle reckoning it’s cool to be checking endless to-do lists, getting jet-lag through Milan to New York, answering e-mails from 6 AM while sipping a green detox tea since it is also trendy to stay healthy, swiping back and forth on your smartphone always ready to blink out its LED at any upcoming notifications, and to be checking your endless to-do lists again.
While it will firstly fill you up with a sense of accomplishment with the belief that productivity is the main life-goal to achieve, it may lastly lead you to the syndrome of burn-out. With it not-so-friendly friend bore-out and close cousin brown-out, theses go into pathologies related to job stress. While bore-out simply means being bored at work due to no-tasks-at-all to do, burn-out is related to pure exhaustion and brown-out to pure disengagement. That is, in (very) short. [I know most of my little readers don’t know French but here is the article I used as a reference.]
I will exclusively focus on burn-out here, since it is the most closely linked to the concept of FAST LIFE and doesn’t necessary mean that there is anything wrong with your decisions, but rather with the pressure imposed by social standards on your lifestyle. In the case of bore-out and brown-out, they may solve themselves out after a change of habits, path, or career.
We got FAST LIFE, here we go with SLOW LIFE – pure counter-reaction. While reading articles about SLOW LIFE, I have the feeling it’s all about disconnection – close your laptop, turn off your notifications, and be ready to bike, garden, and sip that green detox tea but with an actual book. However, this is only a temporary solution.
Wouldn’t it be possible to maintain a SLOW LIFE lifestyle within a FAST LIFE society? Or would it be creating a paradoxe between two lifestyles that don’t get to transvase with each other, due to the imposed mass-society bigger than our own individuality? Is it actually possible to live a connected SLOW LIFE?
That’s my tribe.