I live in the city that never sleeps. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have to. (This sounds like the beginning of a detergent commercial…hmmm.) In fact I really need to, ESPECIALLY because I live here. It’s easy to get caught up in the fast pace and convince yourself that this pace is the only pace. However I assure you, it is not. It is one of the many you get to choose from, regardless of where you live. Yes that’s right, I’m daring to suggest you can choose your own pace.
Maybe there have been times in your life where a fast pace has suited you. Maybe that pace allowed you to finish school, apply for many jobs, and even get the job you wanted. Does that pace suit you now? Do you have to maintain that pace? Is it one pace fits all stages of your life, forever? Check in with yourself, you are allowed to ask these questions.
There was a time when I daydreamed about rapidly walking with a coffee in hand, heading somewhere “important” in NYC, like the movie Working Girl. But I look back at that daydream, and think what’s the rush? Are you even enjoying that coffee? Do you really need to walk that fast, right off the bat? Save your adrenaline for something more worthy than a Monday morning.
So here’s my plan for the rest of my week. Anytime I find myself heading right into fast pace mode, I’m going to PAUSE. Do a quick check in. I will ask myself one thing only, “Is this pace necessary for this moment right now?” If yes, I will continue. If no, I will adjust my pace and high five myself for paying attention.
Take care of YOU.