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QOTD: There is more to life than increasing its speed

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
— Mohandas Gandhi

Again, Gandhi has a way of speaking the truth. This is something I should probably paste on my monitor to remind myself each day.

I’ve always been one of those people rushing through life. My schedule as far back as I can remember, even as a very young child, was dominated by activities, games, performances, rehersal, meetings, etc. I don’t know what it feels like to not be overwhelmed and busy. It’s part of why I pushed myself to get through college so fast and still accomplish everything else on my “college accomplishments agenda.” I could do it, and the rush of it made it exciting.

Basically, I thrive on being overwhelmed.

BUT, in moving to take my job, I’ve pretty much taken everything else out of the equation beyond the 40 or so hours of work each week. I’m slowly going to build back up some activities (volunteering, etc.) with a conscious eye on having free time to do nothing. I’ve done more nothing in the last two months of my life than the preceding decade. Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know. But it has allowed me to do things like keep this blog, catch up on some reading and just drive around and get to know my new home.

We’ll see how the slower pace works. I think balancing the fast-paced nature of journalism with my new, mostly empty planner, will be a good more healthy alternative to my sleepless college days.

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