Fast paced life... when is it too fast?

United States
March 8, 2010 1:49pm CST
One day last week I was having a typical day with my son.. Enjoying life.. I was on the phone with my sister when all of a sudden I heard a big crash, and the electric went out.. no big deal right? If it was during the summer time not at all... That was not the case this time, temperatures were just above freezing and it was going to get colder soon because the sun was going to go down soon.. Anyways.. I ran outside to make sure that everyone was okay and that someone had already called the cops.. There were two cars; one was in the middle of the road sideways and the other was off to the side of the road.. Went back inside, had my cell phone so I called my aunt down the road to tell her what was going on because I thought she had lost power too.. Found out that there were only 6 houses that were effected.. There is another family that is across the street that also have young children... so going without power can mean children freezing to death, (just a figure of speech).. anyways.. My aunt told me to hang tight and go back out there to see if anyone had called the electric company to have someone come out and get it back on... well when I went back out, I saw the accident better, a woman had smashed into a electric pole... I thought that the pole was so bad that it was going to have to be replaced.. Thinking hours of time without power instead of a short while.. So I called my aunt back and we went to her house and hanged out for awhile... It was fun after all of it... The lady said that she was going 30 miles per hour down the road... NO WAY she was going faster, the impact and the sound of her vehicle showed she was speeding down the road.. My question for you is... Life seems to be moving at the speed of light.. Is it really worth it? I bet at the time if the lady would have known that she was about to get into a wreck she would slow down... Was that couple seconds faster worth the hours of standing out in the cold? Effecting the lives of me and my neighbors? and two cars that might as well go to the junk yard... There is a saying that I hear all of the time; hurry up to slow down.. Do you really think going that 5 or 10mph really going to make a difference?? So the next time you jump behind the wheel... and your running late, and wanting to floor it to be their on time... HERE IS THE DECISION LAYING BEFORE YOU... IS IT WORTH IT??? A couple minutes late versus a chance at having a laundry of list of problems besides being a little late.. everyone safe, and your vehicle in one piece..
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Mar 10
No, it isn't worth it. I think that spiritually people have to experience some catastrophic or horrific experience before they GET IT! You only go around once and if you blow it and go out too soon it is just done and don't get overs. Sad but that is just the way it works. Reality and all that. Body in one piece is good too.
• United States
9 Mar 10
That is very true... I just hate it when someone's stupidity disrupts my day... especially when its a stranger... Knock on wood... but some moron is always hitting that particular light pole... Just got lucky this winter... it was the first one of the season and spring is just about here...
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Mar 10
Well, maybe your luck is changing.
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• United States
9 Mar 10
You're so right. I go to my mom's 30 miles down the road alot. The speed limit changes from 45, 55, 65. I drive the limit. Even in 65, I drive less than 60. I just don't see the point in driving that fast, and there's too many people who don't pay attention. I watch them flying past me and I pray for some of the crazier ones that they will be safe and whomever they meet up with is safe. And I think about that sometimes how sometimes they don't really have a time frame they have to be there. They just want to be in front of everybody. But if they have an accident, things are all messed up when they could just slow down a little.
• United States
10 Mar 10
Exactly!! My other half is a truck driver.. and that is one of his biggest complains.. Idiot four-wheels that are in a hurry to stop... People zooming by him just a couple minutes before, and he is going the same pace just to catch up... That same day, I was on the phone with him, he was held up in a bad traffic jam for 4 hours because of a wreck...
• United States
23 Mar 10
I have done alot of driving in my life. I have done the hurry up and get there attitude, thing is I also drove safe. If there were other vehicles I would slow down "a bit" lol after they were gone, back to the peddle to the metal.. been there done that. Now, if I would of paced myself before leaving to my destination I would not of had to drive like that. To me its more of organizing yourself to be able to drive on the roads to be more of conscious driver, instead of worrying about the time. Being late to jobs can't do that, to many your fired. Again this is to organize your time to be able to leave in plenty of time to get there. When I worked in downtown Chicago, people thought I was nuts when I would leave an hour and half early, for a 30 minute drive. Thing is I was never late for work, even if there was a traffic jam, which happened more than not, I was on time. If I got to work early, I brought things to do with my time. Crocheting, read books, drawing, etc. This way to me the time wasn't wasted. Even would do my grocery lists, etc. I would rather be to early, than have to try and speed it to my destinations. To many accidents out there to see to realize what we could do to keep safe ourself.
• United States
29 Mar 10
Yes I agree with you... Its like that child hood story that we were all taught in grade school; the tortoise and the hare... Slow and steady... versus hurry up, to slow way down.. car crashes, or even cherries and berries flashing in your rear veer mirror...