I read this quote the other day and it made me think of a more vintage lifestyle...
"In short, the more attuned to others you become, the healthier you become... This mutual influence also explains how a lack of positive social contact diminshes people. Your heart's capacity for friendship also obeys the biological law of 'use it or lose it.' if you don't regular exercise your ability to connect face to face, you'll eventually find yourself lacking some basic biological capacity to do so." ~Barbara Fredrickson
I know I romanticize the idea of small, town or country vintage living. What do I mean by vintage living? I just mean before satellite TV, when phones rotary phones with coiling cords, definitely before iPads and laptops. I see vintage living as when kids ran around catching fire flies after their backyard baseball game with the neighbors and no one is rushing off to their next event that's bigger and better. The parents are sitting with a cup of lemonade in their hands instead of their smart phones updating their Facebook status. The teens are just as involved in the family gathering as the little ones.
Imagine, birthday parties that don't need to be "one-up'd" or knowing that all of your neighbors were looking out for your kids as they biked around the sidewalks and parks. Handwritten letters that thrilled us we would read and reread them and actually write them back. Waiting at the front porch for you company to arrive instead of getting down to the second updates on Facebook.
I know...I do have a rose-colored picture of how it was. There were things also that weren't so wonderful and delightful also...life was still difficult and there was as much of an epic need for a Savior as now.
Doesn't it just make you want to sigh? It takes me back to growing up in the country in rural Michigan. Life was unhurried, slow, and delightful. I'm not saying that technology is evil...but I do romanticize what it would be like to not feel that push to multitask at every moment that I feel technology gives us access to.
Since I have two young daughters and we homeschool this concept of living an unhurried life really is important to me. Wonderful, slow, wandering days...we need more of it. I want the unhurriedness (I love making up words) not just for them but also for me and my husband!
The Amish lifestyle definitely incapsulates some version of vintage life. Their lives revolve around their families and, in the summer and fall, their gardens. Local weddings and funerals are huge events that no one would dare miss because of their unity as a community. Out of state company is big news. I know, things are different in our lives and it's okay. It really is. But there is this sweetness about it that I can't ignore.
How do you strive to keep an unhurried life? Or maybe a hurriedness doesn't bother you. What do you think of when you consider a "vintage life" and doesn't resonate with you?