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Life According To Ferris

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.

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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni. In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

Comments

  1. I love it! I recently took a roadtrip with my Grandma to visit some of her cousins. The one cousin that we stayed with had a rose bush just inside the gate to her yard and I thought “It’s easy to stop and smell the roses every day when they’re just inside the gate!” Whether or not that was the intention when the roses were planted there, I did stop and smell the roses every day that we were there. I mean, I was walking right past them anyway =)

  2. Kim Worthen says:

    One of my all time faves, and i totally find myself saying to my kids, put down the ipod and look out the window!

  3. Being one of the ‘oldies’ I now find that going slower is a blessing we are given for surviving this long!!

  4. Pam Butler says:

    Being around children requires you to stop and take note of the moments. They live in the present and to relate to them you have to live there also. They always bring you back to what is important. As you get older, you appreciate this more and more.

  5. Another great post, Larry! I agree that life is moving too fast…but then I’m OLD…heh

  6. Great advice and I do remember that movie although I grew up in the 70′s. Yep, no walkman when we were in the car as a family. My Mom would play games with us to keep us occupied.

    I grew up understanding to appreciate things in life Larry. My Dad was ill my entire life so I was around people who didn’t get a chance to life their life to the fullest. I think when you are around that more you learn to appreciate life more. At least I know I did.

    It boggles my mind all the things kids grow up with now. Maybe life did move at a much slower pace for us but all I know is that I’m so thankful I grew up in the era that I did.

    Hope more people will take Ferris’ advice.
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