Flipping back through my notes back from 1 year ago, I found out I’ve noted down SLOW LIFE. I simply meant it as a word-play against FAST LIFE, this motto reckoning we should all 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, swiping back and forth on a smartphone always ready to blink at any upcoming notifications, checking endless to-do lists again, etc. While it will firstly fill you 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 to do (I do know how awful it feels, wouldn’t wish anyone that…!), burn-out is related to pure exhaustion and brown-out to pure disengagement. That is, in (very) short.
I’ll exclusively focus on burn-out here, since it is the most closely linked to the concept of fast-living and doesn’t forcefully mean that’s anything is wrong with your decisions but rather the pressure of your lifestyle imposed by social standards, while bore-out and brown-out may solve themselves after a change of habits, path or career.
We got fast-living, here we go with slow-living: pure reaction. While reading articles about slow life, I have the feeling it’s all about disconnection: close-up your laptop, turn off the notifications, and be ready to bike, garden, and sip that green detox tea but with a book this time…!
However, is it possible to maintain a slow-life lifestyle in a fast-living society? Isn’t it creating two schedules and paradoxes, that don’t get to transvase with each other due to mass-society regulations bigger than our own individuality? Isn’t it possible to live a connected slow-life?
That’s my tribe.