Day 26: How I make time move slower
Over the weekends, I bought a book.
It’s been several years since I’ve actually read anything in printed form — back to back. Sure, I do a lot of reading online, but there’s something slowing about picking up a paper back and indulging my brain in the words.
Reading a book requires effort. It requires planning. More importantly, it requires active attention and intention.
Over the past few days, I’ve been reading my book, even if it’s a page or two at a time, several times throughout the day. Rather than picking up my phone and scrolling through mindlessly, I let the words on the pages sink in and absorbed into my brain.
While five to ten minutes may have passed, to me, it felt longer and spent in a meaningful way. To me, time seems to disappear when I’m on my phone, completely absorbed the fleeting gratification it offers.
Reading a book is like eating something that’s good for the body. It stays longer and fills my stomach better. Social media and every little other fiddly things I do digitally is like a bag of potato chips — great at first but makes me feel slightly sick afterwards.
The potato chips won’t kill me, but it will slowly degrade my ability to think, to perform, to live and experience my life to the fullest, eventually. The ‘leisure’ part of my digital life is the same.