We have speedy transportation, super fast internet, quick and short conversations, hasty text messages, even fast food. While it can be a good thing to be quick, I think our culture has gone too far with it. People have a habit of overbooking their life. Everything is so close together, there is no breathing room. There is no time to eat a decent meal, so we have fast food. We don’t have time to type two letters on the keyboard of our phone, so we just reply with ‘k’.
It is a good thing to slow down in life, and not push the speed limit everywhere we go. Budget extra time to go places, more time for talking to people, and so on.
Now, I’m not advocating being lazy. On the contrary, I think you should spend every moment carefully, and with purpose. This is where video games can be seen to be extremely unhelpful. There is really no point to a video game, other than earning bragging rights. Besides, it’s just another way to waste time, which is one thing we should not be doing.
People matter. Instead of playing a video game for five hours, go make a friend, or two. Or more. Hang out with people you already know. Build those relationships. It is super important. I’m afraid that in the world we live in, people are too absorbed with themselves. This leads to the “need for speed”. “When I want something I want it now,” is the mindset.
If you are under forty-three, why drive a car to the grocery store? Unless you live an hour’s drive from the story, there is no excuse as to why you shouldn’t walk, or use a bicycle. Not only will your pocket book thank you, you will be healthier for it. It also gives your mind time to slow down, and ponder things in life that actually matter. Not just wondering what your next Facebook status will be, or whether or not so-and-so likes you, or wondering if your dog went and found a rat and gave it a tour of the city. Ok. Most people don’t ponder that too often, but you get the point. Think about, and talk about things that actually matter.
Life is short, so live it well.
And I don’t think fast food counts counts as living well.