Have you ever noticed how the world never seems to slow down?
Everything always seems to happen at a breakneck speed. There are never enough hours in the day; never enough time to feel we are totally in control. It feels like if we can only finish that last job and we will finally be on top of everything, only to have that feeling snatched away when we realise there is always one more job to complete, always one more task to undertake.
An ordered existence always seems so tantalisingly close and yet just out of reach as we find ourselves trapped in the chaos of everyday life. And yet, there is order out there. We just have to go out and look for it.
Wandering the deserted streets of London, at 5 am before the rest of the world stirs, is a surreal experience. In just a matter of hours, those very streets will be packed to bursting point, as vast crowds of office workers who adhere to the rhythm of the corporate world which tells them when to arrive, when to leave, when to eat, and when to work.
But before that hour, just for a short window of time, the city belongs to whoever claims it. It becomes an oasis of peace in the heart of chaos, a private playground for anyone wishing to follow the beat of a different rhythm.
The truth is, the reason the world never seems to slow down is that we choose to live our lives at that speed. And there is nothing wrong with that. Many people enjoy the exhilaration of life at that speed. But every now and again, it is worth reminding ourselves that it is ok to slow down occasionally, so we can enjoy the empty streets of our lives.