For a majority of my life I have always chased the clock. Whether it has been at work, at home, in a relationship or my life in general. My day would start by setting alarms (about six of them and hitting snooze on five) and then chasing my tail, until I finally collapsed in my marshmallow of a bed, for a couple of hours sleep before it all starts again, when the next alarm would ring.
Time, we have as much as the next person, and yet it seems that for many, twenty four hours is never enough. What is it about life that always makes us run so fast? It is like being stuck on a hamster wheel that is continuously spinning and yet however much you want to get off, you prefer to stay there and just keep running.
Our lives are controlled by time, fast food, express lane, fast pass tickets and quick emails. I can’t remember the last time I slowed down and actually worked on my time rather than the twenty four hours that are on a clock face. Instead, I’m often found running around like the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, screaming at the top of my lungs “i’m late, I’m late, no time to say hello, goodbye, I’m late, I’m late, I’m late”.
Until yesterday, Chica and I were chasing the minutes trying to get a few things done in the space of an hours parking. When the call of window display meant that I had to pop inside and have a look in this beautiful shop. I was transfixed, time stood still, I was lost in the leather, blush pink and khaki green of dresses, jewellery and shoes. We all know that I am a bit of a fashion magpie, and in this shop, I wanted to pick it all up and take it back to my nest.
There was a lovely lady, behind the desk who was chatting to each customer as they came through the door, relaxed, approachable and most of all a big smile across her face. Before, I knew it, we were in full flow, talking about dogs, life, moving on and most importantly fashion. We chatted for about half an hour, and I didn’t care. I was enjoying the insight about someone else, actually stopping to talk to someone who I didn’t know and learning.
I can’t remember the last time I did that, let go of time and actually let someone else control it for a change. I left the store with a smile on my face, a new top and a new necklace. All of which, I absolutely love! So the next time you have a few minutes and you are around Teddington way, pop in to Wonderlust, because I assure you, you really will fall in complete lust with every item in that store.
It got me thinking, slowing down is so important, taking time for family, friends and strangers. Making new connections, learning something different, but, most of all taking a few minutes to stop. Let go of the constraints of time and enjoy the situation you are in. Time will always pass, you can’t stop it, you can’t change it and you certainly cant rewind it. So don’t miss those moments and opportunities that are there in front of you. As when they are gone, they are gone and now matter how much you try, you will not be able to get them back.