We exist in a world that is prepared for us to stay awhile, around 80 years in the United States. The oldest person on record is 122 years old.
Why is it then, we are in such a rush?
I walk slow, I just do. I don’t want to rush. It drives Jason crazy that I get up earlier than I need to. I simply want an easy morning, I don’t want to rush. There are very few times I can control not needing to rush, therefore, I don’t rush!
Kids are rushed to grow up. Not only by social media and peer pressure but often times by their own families.
People rush to get married. I myself rushed to have children.
I know people who even rush through books. Books are supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable, it’s not a race! (ok, I do read the end first many times, but then I go back and read the book. I just hate the suspense!)
People rush to fall in love, then most of the time realize they fell in love with an idea, not a person. All because they were rushing in the first place. Then, they divorce and realize they are even more behind on their life goals.
Good things come to those who wait people! (yes, I’m guilty of rushing love in my past, thank goodness I’ve learned from those mistakes…. finally!)
People rush through careers. Today I was discussing my career path at BSI and I was saying how a position I’d like would set me up in a good place in a few years and the other person said “Isn’t there a quicker way? Who thinks a few years out anymore?” Um… I do!
I have my whole life ahead of me. I don’t need to rush it.
People ask Jason and me when are we getting married. Thank goodness we are on the same page for that one. We aren’t rushing this.
People are not only rushed, they are disconnected. Countless people (I used to be one of them) are on their phones when they should be engaged in conversation. But there’s this idea that you have to post on Facebook RIGHT AWAY. You have to text so-and-so back RIGHT AWAY. Heaven forbid we miss a beat. This is another form of rushing. People… the text will still be there. The picture to edit will wait for you. Twitter isn’t going anywhere (although I wish it would).
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect. I’m definitely not preaching from my soap box here. I have to remind myself to slow down at times. I often catch myself rushing through something, most often food. Seriously, I eat really fast. Sometimes I rush through a glass of wine. I haven’t figured out if this is actually a problem though.
I don’t want to look back upon my life when I’m old and gray and wish I would have slowed down to enjoy it. I’d rather enjoy it now.
I will follow this post with some pictures. Enjoy them, don’t rush them.