Life In The Slow Lane

Marti running fast in her new sneakers

Marti running fast in her new sneakers. Photo by Glenda Clemens, 2015

“You jeopardize all if moving slowly on a fast lane.”
― Toba BetaMy Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

A few days ago I was driving to Issaquah to run some errands.  I was amazed to be behind a small, convertible sports car that insisted on driving fast in the slow lane.  That’s right; he wanted to drive fast in the slow lane.  I watched him swerve in and out of traffic in frustration.  He would pass a slower car, quickly pull back into the slow lane and then throw up his hands in frustration that the next car in front of him was also driving slower than he wanted to drive. There were three lanes and he could have had a lot less frustration if he had been in the fast lane but he insisted on driving in the slow lane for 20 miles.  He still had not left the freeway on an exit before I did so I know he wasn’t staying in the slow lane to not miss an exit–unless of course he likes to be in that lane 25 miles ahead of his exit.

Block Party Geocaching Style

Block Party, Freemont, WA. Photo by David Clemens 2015 used with permission

This isn’t life in the fast lane, it’s life in the oncoming traffic.
Terry Pratchett

Some folks live their life in the total frustration of needing and wanting to drive fast but living in the slow lane.  I’ve done that before and it feels like a constant battle–like going to the mall on Christmas Eve or a block party in Freemont.  No matter how hard you work you will never get everything done you want and you will never get the results you want.

Luke and Katy at the Beach, Photo by Beth Hailey 2015, used with permission

Luke and Katy at the Beach, Photo by Beth Hailey 2015, used with permission

“The trouble with life in the fast lane is
that you get to the other end in an awful hurry.”
—John Jensen

I think living life joyously and at different speeds is the best for me and maybe for us all.  Pushing full throttle ahead when needed, enjoying the dizzy giddiness of running, racing being thrust into adventure gets the juices flowing and opens up pathways we’d never considered before.  Slowing down, enjoying the steady pace of the slow lane, considering what we have at hand and what we have learned and basking in the glow of where we are right now is a beautiful experience.  We need both–the fast lane and the slow lane. The art of living is knowing which lane you are in and whether it is the lane you need to be in now.

Luke and Katy climbing on The Troll Under The Bridge in Freemont, WA, photo by Josh Hailey 2015, used with permission

Luke and Katy climbing on The Troll Under The Bridge in Freemont, WA, photo by Josh Hailey 2015, used with permission

“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.”
— Eminem

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