As someone who grew up in the 80s, I will forever hold dear the great John Hughes movies that came out during that decade. There were so many great ones, but my favorite would have to be Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Ferris loved to dish out he thoughts on living, but perhaps none compared to this one:
For me, that quote is timeless. In fact, you could argue that it is even more relavent now than it was in the 80s. With the rise of the internet and social media, we have more distractions than ever. It is practically impossible to be bored now.
I remember going on long car trips when I was a kid. You pretty much had three options: read a book, stare out the window or listen to cassette tapes on you Walkman. If you wanted to get really crazy, you might do two of those at one time. When we go on a family trip now, the boys have a mini DVD player, ipods, books, NintendoDS, cell phones – you name it! The only time things are boring are when the batteries run out. Don’t get me wrong, I WISH I had all those options when I was a kid – but technology hadn’t grown like that yet.
But back to Ferris’ quote…
“Live moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
The funny thing is, it seems like the older you get, the faster things move. When people have kids, they always remark about how “they grow up so fast” and wonder what they did with all their free time that they had before kids.
When I’m driving, I always get upset when there is an older driver ahead of me driving about 10 miles under the speed limit. I often wonder if they THINK they are moving at regular speed and the world is just whizzing by past them. I imagine they feel like life is really moving fast.
So how do you force yourself to stop and look around? That is the million dollar question. I think it requires you to re-program your brain. You have to take the same discipline and effort that you put into running the rat race and use it to slow yourself down.
Then again, maybe that is the beauty of getting old. You have no choice but to slow down. It is a lot easier to enjoy the scenery when you are sauntering slowly across the park or driving under the speed limit.
So take a lesson from Ferris and slow down… even if it is just a little. Remember, a lot of little changes can add up to a big change.