Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Life in the Slow Lane

Sometimes, I wish I could find time to live life in the slow lane. I is a dream anyway.

Afternoon naps, getting out of bed in the morning after 8AM, and taking things at a slow rate rather than the "hair on fire" speed of my normal life.

I'm sure it is good that I have more things to do than time to do them, but on the other hand, I could use a timeout.

That is what vacations are for, right?

Reflection and course correction.

Maybe that is when people decide to retire. When the speed of life exceeds the threshold where we can reasonable expect to keep up with it.

I see two very distinct paths, one is for people who spend their waking day zooming from one thing to another and collapse at the end of the day exhausted and unfulfilled by the crush of the activity. The other path is taken by those who start with an empty calendar and fill in activities they enjoy to complete their day. They may hit the end of the day exhausted, too, but they feel fulfilled by the activities they completed.

So, I've been traveling the superhighway of life--the I-95, six lanes wide, full of traffic and limited by few off ramps.

I need to find the back road, where every turn presents opportunity for stopping and places to explore at a less than hectic pace.

Ideally, I could merge these two concepts into a long term approach where I hop on the superhighway for a bit, but then drive along the rolling byway for a time as well.


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