I live by the clock. Up at 1:30am — out of the shower by 1:54 — in the car by 2:24. I’m not kidding…it’s that specific when you wake up as early as I do. When I get to work, it’s 30 seconds for this weather, you’ve got 1:40 in the break if you need to go to the bathroom, be at the meeting by 9am. After work it’s CrossFit at 12:45, kids down for nap by 2:30, up by 4:30….you get the point. I don’t love being tied to the clock all day, but it works for me. There is some inherent stress watching every single second, and it’s hard to release it on the weekend.
My parents just left to go back to the tiny little Greek island where my family stretches back generations — maybe back to Icarus for all I know. Ikaria is, in fact, the island where the mythical Icarus’ wings melted, and he crashed and burned — hence the name. It’s a 10 hour boat ride, or a prop plane trip from Athens, obviously very isolated — a world unto itself. Ikaria has been featured as a ‘blue zone’, or a spot in the world where people live longer, healthier lives. Tons of Icarians live healthfully up into their 90s or even 100s! Part of the reason for their longevity — less stress, NOT living by the clock.
I may be Icarian by blood, but I’m fully American in my time crunching, ‘uh oh I’m late’, hurry up kids mentality. I’d love to live like the Icarians — show up when I want, sleep when I want, work when I want — but this girl’s life just can’t run that way. I wonder though — can you stay unstressed while living by the clock? Is it even possible?
Look no further than breakfast for a perfect example of the slow, stress free Icarian life VS life by the clock. Which is which do you think?<!