Slothilda explores an inner conflict we can all relate to―the desire to succeed and grow, while paradoxically dealing with the ever present temptation to sloth.
I’ve always been a slowpoke and I see it as one of my bad qualities. Except it isn’t the kind of “bad quality” you can share in an interview, like perfectionism. Being slow is frowned upon in this society where you need to be on top of it and preferably, ahead!
But like anything, being slow can hurt or help you. It’s hurt me at work, when I can’t keep up with the endless tasks a teacher has to do. It’s also hurt other people’s impression of me because I don’t appear as capable or smart, when I take longer to do things. When you’re slow, sometimes you miss the breakfast orders or a piece of the cake. In big and small ways, the combination of being slow and not attentive can really hinder you at work!
Since I quit my teaching job, my life has gotten a lot slower and less urgent. Suddenly, there are so many things that I want to do, hobbies that have been ignored and people I have not seen. But am I any less lazy just because my to-do list is now fun??
Absolutely not. I’m as slow as I’ve always been even though I love the things I’m doing. This is where Slothilda hit the nail on the head and represents all of us. Aspiration/inspiration is overwhelming on social media. There are so many workshops, places, skills, products, to acquire and attend. We can always be better and travel on the path to success. At the same time, the temptation to watch videos, go on social media, play games, or NOT improve ourselves is still there.
So, might there be value in not fighting ourselves and simply take time to do things?
When I was a teacher, I always had a few students who would rush to finish and turn in everything. They hated being second and they always always wanted to be first. First in line, first to finish, first place in everything. They wanted to be done. (Sometimes even issued “speeding tickets” to get these kids to slow down. Taking your time to do something is very difficult! As adults, we are no different. There’s a sense of satisfaction in checking things off our to-do list. Anything that makes us “get behind” on work is annoying. All of this is reasonable because we live in a deadline-driven and very fast-paced society. There are real consequences for not getting things done on time.
As someone trying to get more control over my life, I found this article really helpful: How I’m Becoming More of a Slow Person. She talks about slowing down our daily routines, relationships, and creativity. All of those are hugely important to me! Sometimes I get bursts of creativity and times when I want to socialize. Other days, sometimes during those very bursts, I feel like I just want to get into bed and become a burrito. I’m still finding the balance as I grow my creative business and learn to manage everything else in life, including relationships.
These are a few ways I’m slowing down my life in a way that’ll help me:
- Slower creativity: Taking time to make art that makes sense and has meaning, instead of creating the first thing I see.
- Slower relationships: Trusting my intuition and noticing when people are sketchy or not right for me. Don’t get drawn into energy-depleting relationships. Refrain from oversharing and let trust build on its own time.
- Slower daily routines: Checking in with myself and see if my needs are met, such as getting enough sleep, drinking water, screen-free meal times, and noticing physical signs that I need to re-center.