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Slow to Flow

Wise Teachers

Learning to slow down when you're really, really bad at it.

By Susan Rov

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When I was freelancing, I found it hard to slow down. Like a student striving for straight As, my ambition kept me focused on my goals.

The drive for success prevented me from taking breaks or enjoying time off.

Even Netflix couldn't help me wind down.

So I tried to do something different.

I started reading transgressive fiction. This helped me forget daily worries and enter a whole new world.

But my inner overachiever refused to let me rest. Before I knew it, I was time-blocking my schedule to meet my reading targets and felt guilty when I didn't.

Over time, I've gotten better at recognizing when I’m pushing myself too hard. Now I know taking it easy is important, but I'm still a work in progress.

Learning to slow down can feel like an endless semester.

Susan Rov

About Susan Rov

Susan traded cocktails and lattes for words that move. As a copywriter on a mission to end boring, she brightens brands and makes an impact. Number 463 on the list of fiction readers left standing, you'll find Susan at sunrise—running, writing, and wondering how to change the world next. That drive led her to become a founding team member of BRIL.LA.