It’s a matter of TIME.
I interrupt the regular program to bring you an epiphany!
Last night, while reading the ‘End of Year’ feedback forms of my Rewilding clients, I noticed a recurring theme: time.
Not the presence of time, but it’s absence.
I read that people don’t feel they have enough time to do movement training, or exercise, or take care of their own bodies in the way they’d like to.
People feel ‘time poor’ and wish there was more of it.
For me there is a lot to learn from the honesty in these forms.
First, people recognise that they ought to dedicate more time to their movement health but feel as though they can’t.
Second, people clearly identify a lack of ‘time’ as being a limiting factor.
And third, people feel a sense of sadness that there is something in the way, some obstruction, that is outside of their own control and prevents them from dedicating more time to their health and wellness.
While reading the forms it made me realise just how much people give their time to others. It made me realise that we are, maybe by nature, a giving people. We truly are a caring and empathetic species.
We give and we give and give; to family, loved ones and children but we fail to withhold some of that time for ourselves. And here’s the kicker: if we give all of our time to others then we do so to our own detriment and to those we care about.
If we don’t dedicate time to our own wellbeing, fitness and movement health, then we fail on two fronts; we will fail our own bodies and in so doing we will fail those we love because we won’t be fit enough to respond to (or for) them when we need to.
As a movement coach and trainer, the idea that my clients don’t feel as though they have enough time is an interesting problem. Mostly because it’s not something I can easily fix. Even if I wanted to I can’t give my client more time.
Would if I could!
Now I’m an optimist by nature so I say, “Even if time is not something I can give a client, that doesn’t mean there is no solution to the problem.”
And while my hyperactive brain pondered the ‘time’ problem I had the following thoughts.
First, Rewildng is a time maximiser.
You see, Rewilding training is different to other exercise programs because the emphasis is on all-day movement; finding opportunities throughout the entire day to move your whole body through a wide range of essential movement patterns.
There’s no need for weights or specialised equipped and an open space, park-bench and a low limestone wall will be all that is needed to have a really good ‘work-out’.
So by definition Rewilding uses the time you already have to move mindfully. In that sense EVERYONE has enough time to Rewild.
But that’s not my epiphany.
While I was thinking about the problem of where to get more time I found myself thinking about what everyone seems to be doing a lot of right now: SHOPPING!
It’s the run up to Christmas and everyone seems to be buying A LOT of stuff. With a kind of frenetic, almost manic pace, people are chasing the perfect Christmas present.
I’m not being critical. I’ve been doing a bit of shopping myself.
And its not the act of Christmas shopping that has me concerned. Heck! Shoppers are amassing a whole bunch of steps pacing the mall. So spend (and walk) away!
What dawned on me was the realisation that the things I own take up my time. A realisation of what might happen when ‘I become the tool of my tools!’ as Henry David Thoreau put it in his book ‘Walden’.
What happens when the things I own start to own me!
For example, I own a car. So I work to sustain the car. I need money for registration, fuel and maintenance. If I owned a boat. Same equation. If I have so many things, now I need home and contents insurance. I have children and they have needs and so I work to provide.
In all that we have and own there seems to be necessary things and unnecessary things; a surplus and an excess.
Children! They’re not ‘things’ AND they’re necessary. We’d walk hot coals for them.
But what about the boat? Or the car? Or anything else. It all depends on your circumstances right?
But what if I had less? Would I then have more TIME?
If I didn’t have a car I wouldn’t need to clean it. Or work as hard to pay for all of it’s expenses. Nor would I have to dust my massive book collection if they were on Kindle. Or vacuum-seal and store clothes I never wear simply because I can’t bring myself to get rid of them. What if my garden was full of natives that took care of themselves? And how many toys do I, or my son, actually need? And do I really need a storage locker just to store extra stuff?
Maybe ‘less is more’.
Maybe it’s true that just having the essential things in life, rather than all the excess, might mean that I have more time to focus on the things that really matter: quality time with my family, my life and my health.
So at a time when everyone seems to be frantically shopping and buying more, I’ve decided to run in completely the opposite direction and divest myself of EVERYTHING that I own except what is absolutely NECESSARY.
Time for a LIFE EDIT!
I’m not entirely sure what all this means right now but I’m going to give it a go.
Maybe you might consider this too. I mean, wouldn’t you like to know if you could have more time just by getting rid of unnecessary stuff?
If you haven’t guessed already I like to read and earlier I mentioned a book called Walden. I’ve read it a few times and draw a lot of inspiration from it. I recommend it to the more philosophically inclined.
It’s a remarkable true story about a man, Henry, who for a short time gives up his life in the city for a life of simplicity in the woods. Just to see what happens.
In the process he learns a great deal about himself, life and living. And one of the things he learns is this:
“The cost of a thing is the amount of life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”
I hear you Henry so vowing to get rid of all of my things!
Maybe then I’ll have more of that precious resource that everyone seems to want more of: TIME.
Merry Christmas readers!
Inspired to GET RID OF STUFF! Leave a message about why you would like to de-clutter and simplify and we’ll be in touch. Also have a look at this TED talk on how less could be more
Damien Norris is the senior whole-body movement and lifestyle coach at The Wilding Project (LINK), Perth Western Australia. Recently featured in TEDxPerth (LINK), Damien teaches children, young people, adults and seniors how to move and live a full life!
Olympic Fun & Fitness and The Wilding Project like Rewilding is dedicated to a movement rich life. Programs like Gymnastics, GymFIT, FootyEDGE, Parkour, Workplace Athletes, Active Agers and more all follow a simple philosophy, “Learn to move well and then never stop.”