Common misconceptions about slow living
The slow living movement shakes off the negative connotations of the word ‘slow’ which some may liken to sluggish, lazy or unproductive.
Slow living speaker Carl Honoré often mentions the distinction between ‘good slow’ and ‘bad slow’. The difference is that ‘good slow’ is about consciously decelerating to do things at the right speed to achieve a better outcome, whereas ‘bad slow’ may be something out of our hands, such as a long queue or traffic jam. On the flipside, there’s also ‘good fast’ and ‘bad fast’. Speed can be exciting and exhilarating in the right circumstances, but rushing through life, merely skimming the surface, is quite the opposite.
One of the biggest misconceptions of the slow living movement is therefore that it suggests we do everything in a slow gear, moving at a snail’s pace. But, in fact, it’s simply about slowing down to switch off the state of autopilot we often find ourselves in. This gives us the headspace to prioritise what’s important and assign the right right amount of time to each task or activity.
Other common misconceptions include:
Slow living isn’t just for those who live in the country. Slow living is a mindset for everyone, whether your home is in a bustling capital city or a hamlet.
Slow living isn’t at odds with being successful or productive. Rather, it’s about living up to your own idea of success and prioritising what’s most important to you.
Slow living doesn’t mean going tech-free. It means ensuring technology is serving us, not distracting us, and acknowledges the need for screen downtime in the digital age.
And finally, slow living isn’t a quick fix, it’s a mindset shift that takes time and will be constantly in flux as what matters most to you changes. As Brooke McAlary writes in her book SLOW: “This isn’t a race with a start and finish line. This is slow, imperfect, intentional and evolving.”