They say that Americans are impatient … New Yorkers even more so. As a person who is both American and a New Yorker, I can vouch. I like the fast-paced life. I like to go from one destination to the next. The phrase “taking it easy” is not in my vocabulary.
However, in Spain, time works a little different. If a person says, “Let’s meet at 1 p.m.,” it probably means, “I’ll probably show up at 1:30 p.m., but who knows really?” It’s frustrating and strange at the same time. Class never starts on time, and the punctual American inside of me dies a little every time.
However, there’s something kind of enchanting about their relaxed view of time. The laid-backness of the culture here reminds me that I don’t need to always take myself so seriously. I can rest and breathe. It’s not a crime to spend a day binging Netflix. It's okay to just relax.
As I slow down, it gives me more time to reflect on myself, on others, on God. While it's sometimes scary to have so much free time, it's also so rewarding. Having the opportunity to just sit and think can be a miracle. While I'm sometimes confused and overwhelmed at how relaxed society here is, I'm delighted nonetheless. 4 more months of relaxed living, here I come!