As Ricky Bobby once said, “I wanna go fast,” but why are we all constantly in a rush to do everything, to grow up, to graduate college, or to finally retire? Our society is centered around the idea of efficiency, making us all succeptible to the fast-paced environment that we live in. Though efficiency may come in handy in various situations, there is no need to constantly always be in a rush.
Taking time and care to complete your obligations, to enjoy your life, and to tackle your obstacles, is an important life skill that should be practiced frequently. After all, our life spans have only lengthened exponentially, or at least this is the case for most of us. Naturally, as a result of our longer life expectancies, most individuals have more time to truly live their lives, therefore, giving us more time to complete our goals, aspirations, or to simply live. Give living life in the right, slow lane a chance.
You do not need to constantly be in the left lane, constantly trying to pass every vehicle in sight. After a while of cruising in the fast lane, you may crash and burn (fingers crossed you do not). While crashing and burning is an inevitable part of life, even when you are living in the slow lane, slowing down aspects of your life can be helpful in order to sort through messes or daily stressors.
Then again, every individual takes life at their own pace – and, that is okay. As a person who frequently enjoys living life in the fast lane and efficiently, I’ve frequently come across the realization that while tackling life at a rapid pace can sometimes serve as a beneficial thing, it can create its’ own handful of problems. I struggle with finding a balance with wanting to do everything all the time, often forgetting to relax and take it easy. I often take on too many responsibilities, often overwhelming myself, leaving myself little time to think clearly. Sometimes, it even makes it difficult to think rationally, as a million things are running through my mind, while I am simultaneously multi-tasking.
I am constantly reminded that “being fast,” or living fast, does not get you that much further than others. At some point, we will all hit the same red light and be stopped right next to each other on the highway. This leaves me wondering how we all got to the same place, at the same time, when I am moving at what seems like lightning speed.
Some theories I have behind the idealization of a fast-paced life, include, FOMO (fear-of-missing-out), a need to experience everything, excitement for the next big “thing,” competition among our peers, our own insecurities, societal pressures, and simply the unknown. These days, I even find myself in a rush to complete my undergraduate degrees, so I can move on to the next big thing. Of course, efficiency to a certain degree is necessary, especially when you are trying to complete goals, or aspirations. On the other hand, you do not want to end up taking things too slow, as things may never end up getting completed. But, as I stated before, there is no need to constantly be on overdrive.
Think about it – when you are speeding down a highway, or rushing to work, are you truly able to enjoy and soak in all the small, beautiful, synchronistic aspects of your life. A fast-paced life often leaves minimal time to truly enjoy the life you are so blessed to leave. With so many things constantly being tended to, it is only natural that it slips your mind. Sometimes, being on overdrive leads to more worry and clutter in your life than you are even comfortable taking on. Finding a happy medium between moving at the rate of a slug and moving at the rate of race horse is important, especially if you are trying to attain some order within the chaos of our lives.
Remember, it is incredible to be motivated, but there really is no award for completing something first. Take things at the pace in wish you feel comfortable, and while efficiency is applauded, every individual’s life timeline varies. Every once in a while, life will require you to perform on overdrive, however, maintaining a state of overdrive can truly be detrimental and stressful on one’s wellbeing.