Thursday, March 31, 2011

I'm In A Hurry To Get Things Done

Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun.
All I really gotta do is live and die,
But I'm in a hurry and don't know why

Don't know why I have to drive so fast.
My car has nothing to prove.
It's not new.
But it'll do zero to sixty in five point two.

Whoosh! There goes another one. Isn’t the speed limit 75 mph? I’m doing 73 and people are blowing by me like I’m parked! Further down the Interstate it turns to 80 mph. They still fly by. What’s the deal?

Why are people in such a hurry? It’s hurry to work, hurry to get things done, hurry to go home…just so you can do it all again tomorrow. Why is everyone in such a rush?

We all talk about not having enough time. We say there’s never enough time in a day. Time for what? To hurry through whatever it is we are doing so we can just do more? The more time we seem to have the more we try to squeeze into it. Are we setting unrealistic goals for ourselves? Is that the pressure to hurry and get there?

The message to hurry is seen everywhere. What do fast food, convenience store, and drive through window bring to mind? Does the hurry-up attitude we have promote happiness? Are you happy? Do you have fun? Do you enjoy yourself? Or are you going so fast you don’t even notice the things around you? What would happen if we all slowed down and took the time to actually take pleasure in something? Instead of rushing to our destination maybe we should experience the journey.
Think about the week ahead of you. Make a conscious effort one day and live that day. Don’t think of the things you need to do or didn’t get done. Concentrate on what you are doing now. Don’t beat yourself up for past mistakes. Think of what you can achieve. Look around. Slow your thinking. Notice things you never saw before. Take pleasure in what you are doing. Hurrying is often a mindset. It’s not always in how fast we do things.

A knitting friend of mine posted the other day and said, “Ever wish you could hit the pause button on the world just long enough to catch up?” Maybe that’s the key. Pause; slow down; experience your life.

Oh, I hear a voice
That says I'm running behind.
Better pick up my pace.
It's a race and there ain't no room for someone in second place…

Sometimes I do get in a hurry. Probably because I like to hit the snooze button and then I have to rush so I won’t be late. But I don’t go over the speed limit. Sometimes I am a little late but I figure in all the time I’ve put in it really doesn’t matter. I’m not in a hurry to get through with knitayear. Well, I am and I’m not. It’s kept me focused in a strange way. I had a commitment. And I actually kept it up. I sometimes had to do two or three days worth of knitting but I kept a record of how I felt and I added yarn to mark it. Day 361, March 27, and I’m headed to Austin. I’m getting something new added to my other duties at work and this is an update meeting. Of course the plane is delayed when we hit Dallas. But otherwise it’s a smooth flight. When we got to Austin we ate at the Magnolia Café. It’s an Austin place and eclectic but good. Then we tried checking into our hotel. It was supposed to have all been taken care of but when we got there it was mass confusion. The poor girl at the desk got us in but not without a lot of trouble. I chose a pale aqua that has some red in it. Day 362, March 28, is the first day of meetings. It’s okay but they really can’t tell us much until all the legislative sessions have ended. So we heard a lot of stuff like this is how it is but it could change. Really informative but not their fault I guess. I would have thought it smarter to just postpone and meet after the legislative session. But they didn’t ask me. We had a dinner meeting at a good place called Vivo’s. It’s another Austin place. I had food of course but also a Hibiscus Margarita. It was pretty and it was tasty. We had an informal meeting and all was good. When we left all of the women were presented with a long stem rose. It’s a Vivo thing but it’s a nice touch. I chose a pink variegated rayon boucle.
Raising my glass!
Day 363, March 29, and I’m on the way home. There’s another day of meetings but I have night class. So I hurry to get back to go to work. Is there something wrong with that picture? It’s an easy time though and I couldn’t ask for a better student. I choose white cotton. Day 364, March 30, and it’s back to work. I’m kind of rejuvenated after our meeting. I know it won’t last but it’s good occasionally. I chose purple and yellow rayon boucle for this day. And then, it’s the last day of knitayear. It’s day 365, March 31, and again it’s just another day at work. Nothing exciting. I meet a friend after work and we eat supper at Rosa’s. It’s good for something different. One of my former students is the manager and he didn’t recognize me. I think it’s funny when that happens. I was actually thoughtful and brought something home for Alan. I chose green from a rainbow variegated for this day. I finished knitayear! I will reflect on it later.
Finished with the last strip!
I do have to admit that I sometimes want to hurry when it comes to knitting. I just have too much yarn and not enough time! I waste a lot of knitting time looking at things to knit. If I’d just get busy I’d accomplish a lot more! But generally it’s relaxing and I go at my own speed. Cause really, all you gotta do is live and die.
What a beautiful mess!
I'm in a hurry to get things done.
Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun.
All I really gotta do is live and die.
But I'm in a hurry and don't know why.

4 comments:

  1. I agree! It bothers me when people wish the day away.

    Congrats on finishing knit-a-year! That is quite an accomplishment - can't wait to hear your reflections!

    (Oh - and aren't the drinks at Vivo's pretty? I love them!)

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  2. I'm proud of you for finishing the knit a year!! And I enjoy your blog so much. You're very talented!

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  3. Congratulations on finishing knit a year, you must feel great!

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  4. @Miss Bee...Vivo's is just cool all the way around! Unfortunately I rush as much as everyone else. If I'd start earlier I could slow down! Thanks on knit-a-year. Still working on reflections!

    @Bev...Thanks! It was a challenge sometimes but I just had this nagging voice telling me to stick with it.

    @Sinéad...Thank you! It does feel great but everyday it feels like something is missing! Not enough to start another one though. ha ha

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