• Olive Hernandez

Slowing Down in a Fast-Paced Culture

Updated: Feb 11, 2020

Have you stopped and observed your environment lately? Or do you rush from point A to point B like everybody else because you were afraid of being late to your next destination? Recently, I started taking note of my surroundings and realized why it's okay to slow down.

How I Grew Up

As a child, I never saw time as a factor. I was born and raised in the Philippines. The culture there has a different concept of time, unlike here in America. I would go to church with my parents at 10 A.M. and then go home at 4 P.M. because we would have a potluck after service and end up staying late to catch up with the people we love. Every time I would ask my parents when we'll be leaving, they would say, "in thirty minutes" which really meant we would stay at church for another hour. Even though this annoyed me at first, I have now learned to appreciate it. I believe that the culture I grew up in showed a greater value in giving others our time as opposed to "keeping busy."

The American Culture

After moving to the states, my whole family encountered a culture shock. It seemed like people had no time to stop. There is constant movement from place to place. I realized that this is the norm for America. If you held up someone or were held up by someone, there is an unhappy party. It is rude to waste other people's time because it is valuable.

Living a Purposeful Life

While I agree that it's not polite to have others wait, I believe that it is important for us to invest our time onto others. Some people feel like there is no purpose in this world except to work. Forming genuine friendships with others and allowing vulnerability and positivity to emerge are key to a purposeful life. Instead of packing your schedule, it is okay to slow down. Make time to breathe. Make time to be a friend. Make time to make a positive impact.

Below, I have included some print media that inspired me to view my time and my tasks differently.

Developing Ecological Consciousness by Christopher F. Uhl

"The #1 Most Important Key to Business Success" by Kevin Harrington