Do You Live Life In The Fast Lane Or A Gentle Drive Out Along A Rural Road?

@ellie333 (21029)
July 22, 2008 5:42am CST
For me in my youth I guess I was always in the fast lane never taking time to stop and relax whereas as I have got a bit older I see it more like a gentle drive along a countryside lane sometimes having to speed things up a bit and hit the motorway/freeway before relaxing back down the quiter roads. How is your life, fast lane, gentle drive or a mixture of the two? Ellie :D
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• United States
22 Jul 08
I've taught myself to "take the road less traveled" ellie, so I have to say I enjoy the gentle drive along a 'very' rural road. Like you, in my youth, which was another lifetime ago, I spent most of my time in the fast lane. It's where I thought we were supposed to be. As the years have passed, my roads have been found further and further out into the country, the more rural roads....The more rural the better these days. I'm not at all into the fast lane of anything anymore. I have found there's so much more to see on the rural roads of life. When I find myself caught in the fast lane, I'm to the far right,,,,,,in the slower lanes and I get a chuckle each time I see someone pass me by. They pass by so fast - it's a blur.......lol I'm not gonna get in a big hurry for anybody anymore. They just honk all they want to and go around. I'm gonna stick in the rural lanes and roads for the remainder of my drive......lol
@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Hi Terilee, 'The road less travelled, not always the easiest route to take but it is the most fulfilling. I like how you view this. Ellie :D
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• United States
25 Jul 08
Thanks for the BR. It's like stopping on the way to see the beauty of what's around us and smelling the roses. It doesn't take that long to enjoy it. Thanks agian dear.
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 08
Hi, I hope my income will be in fast lane and my life will be in gentle drive. I am still a student and I am trying my very best to make money online. I hope all my efforts will pay me and I will make money from fast lane to enjoy my life in gentle drive.
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@ellie333 (21029)
22 Jul 08
Hi Sdas, Well that is a great way of looking at it so I really hope you find the success and wealth you are striving for to be able to fulfil the dream of the gentle drive. Ellie :D
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@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 08
Hi, Thanks for your support. I hope I can make money from the fast lane in the near future. Best of luck and have a nice day.
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• United States
23 Jul 08
I've always been conservative in my view of life, some people might call it boring but I have little or no regrets. I'm often asked about certain situations and what I'd do. I see it as a blessing to have lived so clean, I don't ever judge someone who's done anything different either. We all live our lives how we choose.
@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Hi Gitfiddleplayer, That is alovely attitude to have, I live and let live but prefer my life these days in the slow lane for sure. Ellie :D
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@GreenMoo (11842)
23 Jul 08
I suppose, if you consider that I have deliberately made the decision to move to a rural area and live a different sort of lifestyle, that it's the slow lane. Certainly I don't live with any of the stresses that one associates with a fast lane lifestyle. Saying that, I most certainly still have a fast lane approach sometimes, and dawdling along drives me spare.
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@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Hi GreenMoo, Yes I guess it is getting the balance right between the too eh, I would say too life in general is the slow lane but I feel the need to venture out into the fat once in a while. Ellie :D
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Jul 08
hi ellie 333 my life right now is avery slow drive in a very 'slow lane as i am mostly house bound with the last of the shingles. so I get out to see the doctor or go out for my every other wednesday night dinner out with my best friend. the restof the time I am mylotting and taking pills to stop the itching of the last remnants of my shingles. I need to go call my friend right now and see about going out tomorrow evening. lol.
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@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Hi Hatley, As soon as the shingles have gone completely though I am sure you'll speed the pace up a tad but not too much as life in the fast lane is hectic a gentle country lane is a good pace that is peaceful but fun too eh! Ellie :D
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@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I tell my husband that he has 2 speeds: go like heck and sleep. Our life is definitely a rather curious mixture of the 2: life in the fast lane at times, then, a gentle drive on a rural road at other times. In my younger years I was quite competitive, quick, and a workaholic. Now, I don't think a person would use any of those words to describe me. I find myself wanting to stay home more, taking it easy alot, and just generally hanging out at home. Interesting question, ellie333.
@ellie333 (21029)
22 Jul 08
Hi PearlGrace, your response reminded me of a guy at work who I call Speedy and this is because I say he has two speeds STOP & SLOW LOL. Lovely guy but I know if I am shifted on with him I will have to work twice as hard as he doesn't yet know the meaning of the word!. Ellie :D
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Jul 08
Mostly I am in the slow lane these days Ellie. However, my guilt about not contributing to the society that I put so much into over the years is such that occasionally I try a little fast lane driving. But the sports car that I used to drive is now a granddad car and, on a good day, can only give the illusion of keeping up with the sportier models. I watch the scenery go by and increasingly feel that I am not a part of it. I think soon I may stop altogether!
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@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Hi P1kef1sh, Don't you ever stop! Thats an order, what would me and Goodie do withou you eh! You drive at what ever pace you want except stop, I've cut the brake pipe and the handbrake cable so you keep going LOL. Ellie :D
@p1kef1sh (45640)
24 Jul 08
Thank you Ellie. I'm going downhill now and there's a large wall at the bottom. My brake don't work!!!! Aaaaaagh!!!!!!!!!!!
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@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
There is an escape lane to the left if needed. Ellie :D
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
23 Jul 08
It is more of the slow lane for the most part! When I have to do a lot for schools, and with the youngest one being only four, my life sped up and it was not good! I look forward to being in the slow lane again for quite a while!
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@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Hi Olivemai, yes having a youngster can speed things up a bit a I agree and I have have one that age too but living in the countryside and by the sea I can slow it down pretty quickly too. Ellie :D
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
25 Jul 08
That's good! I can too if I stay home more often! We live fourteen miles outside of a bigger city. So we can take it or leave it. I do like the bigger and better libraries and playgrounds though, so we go over quite often!
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Awww mannn I've had many days in the fast lane I was so afraid I'd miss something that I scurried like crazy. I guess in some ways I still hurry but I take longer breaks off the highway at the picnic sites! xoxoxoxoxo
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@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Hi Raydene, Yes I have read some of your discussions, well a lot in fact but even in the days of the fast lane I can imagine you chilling for a while so guess that you are a mic of both really. Ellie :D
@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Mix LOL not mic Ellie :D
@mccaw8 (22)
• South Africa
22 Jul 08
Hi Ellie333,i prefer having a mixture of the two.I think it creates a balance...but most of the time im taking a gentle drive,and im stil quite young.Like a very wise woman used to say..."yonke into inesikhathi sayo".Great post
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@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Hi Mccaw. Getting the balance right, excellent comment, yes we all have to move to the fast lane in life from time to time I agree. I don't understand what the wise woman said as it is not in English but I am sure they were very wise words indeed. Thank you for sharing. Ellie :D
@mccaw8 (22)
• South Africa
25 Jul 08
Hi Ellie,the wise woman said "everything has its own time to be done in" hence we shlouldnt always be on the fast lane or slow lane...the language is isiZulu.Thanks
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Hi ellie, Recalling back my life from kids until now, It's always a gentle drive for me...Although life those time was hard for us since only one in the Fsmily has an income, but we manage to have another resources through hard work and cooperation of each member of the family..So, it was never a fast lane for us.. Even now, I would say, it is still gentle! There are moments that we have to work hard but we always take time to stop and feel around, feel the blessings and appreciate the beauty of life, even if it is challenging most of the time!
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@ellie333 (21029)
23 Jul 08
Hi Checapricorn, That sounds like an idyllic lifestyle to have. I have to veer out into the fast lane at times but these days it is a much gentler ride more like what you describe. Bliss. Huggles. Ellie :D
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• United States
24 Jul 08
That's great ellie! take your time! But, there is also nothing wrong with fast lane..LOL! It only needs more energy and more drive! LOL!
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
9 Oct 08
I guess i was always on the side roads of the highway, being careful not to go to fast... i am gentle by nature, by i have the courage to be innovative and spontaneous sometimes (not very often).
@ellie333 (21029)
9 Oct 08
Hi Elitess, I guess that is a bit like me although I used to travel the fast lane a lot in my younger years, these days off road and rural country lanes is fine by me. Thanks for sharing. Ellie :D
@littleowl (7157)
3 Aug 08
Hi Ellie guess as I dont drive in another sense I do I live my life in both though preferably the quieter lane its more peaceful many Huggles littleowl
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@ellie333 (21029)
4 Aug 08
Hi Littleowl, yes the quieter lane of life is a lot more peaceful and yes from what I know of you I would put you as a traveller but along the winding rural roads rather than the motorways wheever possible, even though I don't drive LOL. Ellie :D
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
2 Aug 08
I've definitely escaped from life in the fast lane Ellie. I don't think it ever suited me, I was always happy with a more relaxed lifestyle and happy t o stay home and have friends over or to holiday far from the madding crowd. These days it seems to be an age thing. Though I still see folk my age that have a need to be out and about and in amongst whatever is going on. Not me...give me serenity and the simple life every time.
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@ellie333 (21029)
2 Aug 08
Hi MsTickle, Peace and the simple life, that is deinitely me these days too, even though I sometimes have to get out there into the fast lane for a while which makes me appreciate my life in the countryside even more when I get back to it. Thanks for sharing. Ellie :D
• United States
25 Jul 08
Hello ellie! How are you? My life I would say is in the gentle drive zone. I was never a wild person to begin with, however I did have my share of parties and hanging out with my friends. But now ellie, I enjoy the peace and quiet. For example, when I'm in my house alone while the children are out playing, just the serenity I feel brings me so much joy and I treasure it because sooner or later my brats() will come back and bring the noise. Yes ellie, I am on the quieter road and loving it.
@ellie333 (21029)
25 Jul 08
Hi Linda, Sounds like you are running your life at a great pace, nice and steady with not too much fast lane stuff going on (other than in the bedroom having seen some of your postings lately, strip poker indeed . I prefer the gentle drive myself these days I must admit. So slow at the moment I am not even here much either. Ellie :D
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
22 Jul 08
My life is a sort of back road, I think. It bumbles on with a gravelly bit, then peters out into a winding little dirt bit with lots of trees and undergrowth and then comes out and meanders along the coast with a nice ocean breeze. Most of the time I can swerve inland a bit before going straight over the edge ...
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@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Hi Guybrush, Don't swerve over the edge, that sounds dangerous LOL. Your back road sounds a lot slower than my country lane, peace, bliss. Ellie :D
@walijo2008 (4648)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Yeah when I was younger my life was like the fast lane...but now as I've gotten older, I slowed down a bit and am enjoying life in the slow countryside lane.
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@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Hi Walijo, Yep like me in my younger years go, go, go, fast, fast, fast bu I have turned off that road into the countryside and it is a very gentle peaceful ride of life these days. Ellie :D
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I think its a mixture of the two. Sometimes I do live in the fast lane still....going from here to there and back again in a hurry! Then there are the times when life's a nice drive in the country. But too much of a nice drive in the country and I find myself getting lazy! LOL
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@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Hi Jill, I think a good balance of the two does work well as too rural and quite a bit of lethargy can set in I agree. Ellie :D
@debjit (339)
• India
22 Jul 08
I really like this topic buddy. In this modern life thre is hardly any chance to take rest. We need to drive faster and faster to survive in this race. If you are getting slow, there may be chance of crashing your dreams in front of you. In this competitive world, everyone is trying to beat the others, you need to chase your dreams your goals in the fastest way you can. Once you have reached your goal, now you can take some rest. Change your track, have some fresh air, sip the cup of Life, then you will know what is the meaning of life, what is all about it....
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@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Hi Debjit, Thank you for liking the discussion topic. You are right to survive in life a lot of the time we do have to live in the fast lane for many of of younger years whilst trying to achieve our goals and then once achieved should be able to relax back and really understand the meaning of life. I am very happy and content now with mine so I guess that is why I have come out of the fast lane and veered onto a very rural track LOL. Ellie :D
@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I would have to say a gentle drive out along a rural road. My life is very peaceful, even going to the store is a long drive in a bus. I would say my life is slow paced :)
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@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
Hi Shelly, Yes the rural road is for me too but sometimes I have to get out there into the fast lane every now and then to appreciate the peaceful life I do in fact have. Ellie :D