When I picked up the CD version of Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything, I thought I’d be able to point a finger at someone other than me. I was wrong! I learned that I am probably more demanding than anyone when it comes to requiring that things go faster. This was strange to learn about myself because on one hand I consider myself to be laid back and calm, just going with the flow.
Oh, but I guess I forgot about that side of me that broke my friend’s laptop because I felt it was too slow. So slow I jammed it up by giving it repeated requests in rapid succession. I was in a hurry.
Also, there is a reason why I used to try to return calls on the drive home or why I never get into the car without a book-on-cd, or at least an informative show on the radio.
Here are a few other SHOCKING things I learned about my life while listening to Faster:
~~I have hurry sickness. You might have it too. James Gleick--and I paraphrase--says people who are antsy and always rushing around doing stuff have it.
~~I may not be as busy as I think.
~~Rushing around doing stuff may not lead to the productivity I’m hoping for.
~~By trying to simplify my life, I may actually be devoting the time I hoped to save to the act of simplifying. In other words, simplifying life is complicated by the time I spend reading and thinking about it.
~~Gadgets will not help me obtain more time.
What do I do now? I’m trying to hurry up and get to the end of the book-on-cd so I can find out.