If you don’t believe me, move to a country where they live outside of time. For most Westerners, time is constant. It is real. And it rules all things.
I have been looking forward to the slow pace and “tomorrow” approach to living, but to be honest, I forgot how little time comes up here in Albania.
We don’t have a clock anywhere in our house and I don’t plan on getting one. We don’t have watches, mainly because we had got so used to using our cell phones as watches. And we left our cell phones in the U.S.
The less I am controlled by time, the more I am in tune with nature.
Back in 2000 I did a training (can’t think of the name of it) that was meant to prepare you to live anywhere in the world. They hauled a group of us off to the middle of nowhere Florida and we lived without running water or electricity. We learned how to take care of farm animals and plant a garden. I was there for about a month and I loved every minute of it. The thing that stood out to me most was how peaceful it was. It felt so good to wake up when the sun rose and go to bed when it set. We ate when we were hungry and took a rest when we needed it. We learned that some days we were high energy and other days we weren’t. We went with it. We had no strict agendas, actually that was the point, to get in tune with ourselves and our surroundings.
This type of training is invaluable when you’re preparing to move overseas.
Outside the U.S. and specially in developing countries, people don’t live by the clock. They don’t need planners and alarms and assistants yelling at them to get to the next thing. They do what they want, when they want. Sure that means some things take longer than Westerners are used to but it also means you can enjoy life. I define life as meals, conversations, walks, reading, singing, playing, laughing, that’s life.
Unfortunately, many in the West have no time for life.
Living in Albania helps me get the important things done…
Mainly because it reminds me of what the important things are.
If you’re feeling like you never have enough time maybe you should live outside of time, at least for one or two days a week.
Just see if you like it.
This is your life after all, why rush it?
Hungry for More, Monique Alvarez p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!