I’ll never forget the first time I drove on the highway in Baltimore. Graham and I were moving to Baltimore from Columbus and were in separate cars, that were packed with our belongings. A notable time, as we had been dating for just 8 months and made the decision to move to a new city together. As we got closer to the Baltimore/DC Metro area, I could tell that traffic was getting more congested and cars were moving a lot faster. And then we passed the border of the 695 outer-belt and a switch flipped. Horns were honking, cars were zooming around me, merge lanes were nearly non-existent and I was terrified.
I called Graham in tears - “Why is everyone driving so fast? What's the rush?”
He calmed down my midwest roots, gave me some reassurance that traffic is a little different here on the east coast and we arrived safely to our new home.
During our time in Baltimore I got rather used to the hustle and bustle of the traffic and the pace of the city. I was amongst the commuters - traveling from one state to another or one city to another. There is a hurry in the air that I became accustomed to.
While driving over the last few weeks, this experience kept coming to my mind. This time, however, with a little bit of a different perspective and nearly 12 years of observation. The new year can sometimes create frenetic energy in the air and I have noticed this on the road.
I'm an annoying driver - I drive the speed limit and am cautiously aware of other drivers on the road. With all that to say, I have been honked at and passed more in the last few weeks than I have since that drive into Baltimore. As I observe, there's a rush to get from Point A to Point B. A rush to push the speed limit to get there a little faster and a disconnect from the time taken to get there.
We're all guilty of driving from one place to another and almost forgetting how we got there. Perhaps it's because we were distracted with our thoughts or the conditions, but I'm curious to know... what's the rush? Is it that there are just that many people who are hurrying to their next place? Or is it perhaps that we're exhausted from staying home and want to move quickly again? Or maybe we feel like we missed out things from 2020 and need to "catch up"?
What I know about myself is that I hate being rushed - just ask my husband. I also know that I'm not immune to external pressures and can easily absorb other energies, which makes that dance a little tricky. I love to move at a slower pace, when it's calling and only at a faster pace when I make the choice to - not when I'm told to (stubborn, I know). Because of all of this, I have chosen to listen to my heart even more this year - 2021 - and to not rush back into the busy-ness that we're so accustomed to.
So I ask again - what's the rush?
Maybe there is quick moving energy to get something done or to move through something, but I hope to always be reminded to pause in the in-between and look around. Point B will still be there, just as it's meant to. I promise.
New Year, New Intentions
A morning to reflect on your values, prioritize your growth and create your vision of 2021. Movement, reflection, meditation and vision boarding will help you get there!
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Saturday, January 30 @ 10a-12p ET
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