My mother always answered that question a tad sarcastically. I guess she figured we as children had no business asking her where she was going. Her response was in Spanish and it may also be that the question itself may be interpreted differently when asked in Spanish. Her response, “To be old” (in Spanish – “Para vieja”) meaning there was no other alternative. We are all going to get or be old.
I think about her repeated answer more now that I am older and a grandmother. But I do not really think of myself as being any older. I know I have matured but I think I still think like a younger person. When I was younger I always wanted to be older. I could not wait to be eighteen then I could not wait to be twenty-one. Now I think about why I was in such a rush and I wish I were twenty-one again. But knowing what I know now, of course.
I came across this quote by Eddie Cantor that young people in a rush should think about.
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”
This thought made me reflect on what I may have missed as I was such in a rush to be older. I was not mindful of the now and present at that time. I missed almost a decade thinking about what tomorrow would bring and forgot to live in the present. It seems that for a long time, life passed me by while I was paying attention to nothing really.
Practicing mindfulness helps to slow down and enjoy life. It helps you to appreciate the moment, the present.
Here are a few exercises to get you into the rhythm of the moment.
- What happened today that made you happy?
- What distracted you from doing something enjoyable?
- What color was the sky just before sunset?
- Did you experience any synchronicity today?
- Pick a flower you love; examine it and describe it.
I would love to hear about your experiences and get feedback. Happy trip to wherever and take it slow!