Monday, May 19, 2014

How Did I Get Here? - When Things Happen Fast

Things happen so fast.  Sometimes they do.

Sometimes they don't at all. Time drags by so slowly that you look at the clock and you can't believe only a minute or five or ten has passed. You wonder how you can possibly wait for that thing you're waiting for... or how you can possibly make it to the end of that run you're trying to complete. Oh, THAT time can drag.

But sometimes it just goes by fast. Things happen... Click. Click. Click.  All in a row and so quickly that you can hardly take stock of what's going on - until you stop in the middle of it and think, "How did I get here?  I don't even remember the steps I took, they flew by so quickly."

Breathe.

Sometimes things happen fast. But sometimes, I think that they happen fast so that we can't think too long, so that we can't argue ourselves out of steps and words and gestures that we need to make to get us to where we need to go.

So, yes, you might find yourself in a clearing that you don't remember running into. A situation you don't feel that you chose, a relationship that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, a set of consequences you don' feel that you deserve.

But, you're here now -- however you got here. And maybe you're here because you're meant to be here.  Maybe you're not.  I don't know.  But you're here now, and there's no use looking for an escape out of the place that you are. You have to deal with the monster in front of you. There's no cowering in the corner. There's no exit strategy.  Your exit... your escape... it's behind the obstacle in front of your face.

You have to deal with it.

But, that can happen fast too. Or slow. I think that maybe that one is up to you. How quickly you make it past the monster depends entirely on how much time you spend looking for a way out, and how much time you spend on conquering the beast.

How fast it happens... well, that depends on you.  That depends on us.

So, you got here quickly. How will you get out?


1 comment:

  1. Hmmm... very interesting. I've always been aware of how elastic time can be in different circumstances. I've never considered that how we attack an obstacle can also have the same effect. I'm going to be chewing on this for a while.

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