We live in a time where everything has to be done in such a rush. You have to have your computer load a website in 3 seconds or you are frustrated, you can't wait more than 20 minutes for an order without complaining or docking your server's tip, or if you've driven on a highway at anypoint in the last decade you know that someone always has to get somewhere faster than you and will weave through traffic to do it. Have we as a society gotten to a point where we are incapable of waiting, or in the case of Cam Newton, are we incapable of slowing down and taking in the world around us?
I've been married for just about 5 months now and one of the biggest pieces of advice I got about my wedding day was "make sure you stop and take everything in, there's a lot going on and be sure to appreciate the day for what it is". Overall, that advice can and should be applied to everyday life. Because time is such a commodity, as you only have so much of it in a day, we feel like we have to rush through things and I think we really miss out on some moments because of it. I've posted this clip from Ferris Beuller's Day Off before, but it still holds a lot of truth:
"Life moves pretty fast... if you don't stop and look around once in a while you're going to miss it"
It feels like January just started and here we are 4 days from February. Time seems to be flying by and I think the average person is missing out on a lot because of the "full speed ahead" mentality. This entire post's concept really came to me while I was sitting in traffic due to a car accident. It wasn't so much that I was not moving too fast because it reduced the highway from three lanes to one, but really after I had gotten past the accident it seemed that cars were always gunning it to get back to high speeds to reclaim lost time. While many of them may have been late for something, I thought that I was only heading home with nothing planned so there's no reason for me to speed home. I could just take my time, go the speed limit (in the right lane as to not impeded traffic -- if only more people did this..) and when I get home, I get home.
While being this patient isn't always easy to accomplish, it does make life more enjoyable. When you actually stop to assess the here and now and not worry about what may happen, you find that there is a certain level of peace that can be found. In the case of Cam Newton, he took a moment to take in all the fans chanting over his abilities and achievements. At that moment, he probably wasn't worried about the Super Bowl 2 weeks out, or about anything else other than that moment. Live for the moments, take a moment to look at what's around you, the people that are in your life, the opportunities you've had, and actually take a moment to appreciate them. People may not be chanting at you, lifting you up for your achievements, but you can still take a moment and appreciate where you are.
Have a wonderful day!