I’ve often been told that I live a ‘slow life’. People in Mumbai have the ‘very fast’ life and people in Pune have ‘perfectly fast’ life whatever it means. For a long time, I’ve had trouble understanding this term. I’d thought ‘fast life’ is something about ‘Getting up early in the morning, getting ready for the job/school/college in the morning then getting back home tired, relaxing for an hour or so, then enjoying the night life (going to a movie, disco, pub to booze off and so on).
For a long time, I didn’t pay attention to it. However, after getting ‘teased’ on couple of occasions with “What a slow life you’ve”, I decided to find out what’s this ‘slow life’ I’m living. My casual investigation led to interesting discoveries/realization.
1. The terms ‘Slow Life / Fast Life’ are meaningless. When people are driven by external factors they can’t control, they’re pushed on to a ‘fast life’.
2. Fast life is all about not being in control of your own time.
3. Fast life is about having no time for yourself.
I’m not sure whether the fast life has any advantages associated with it, but my slow life did do lot of good things for me. When I was in college, I could dedicate time to sports and spend hours playing guitar or with my friends. I could spend hours learning Linux out of my own interest. I could learn to type faster and also always have free time to do anything I wished. I still think that’s the best thing – be in control of your own time.
Then why do people love the ‘fast life’?
Because they don’t have anything else to do than being driven by external factors. I mean, what’d they do with so much free time to utilize? Who’ll pain their own brain to think about various ways of utilizing their own time? Let the traffic decide it. Let my morning office time decide it, let everything else decide it!
Most of the people are like that. They don’t want to be in control. If you give them the menu card at hotel, they’ll pass it on to their neighbor.
I wonder whether Einstein would have done something about relativity or photo-electric effect; had he lived the so called ‘fast life’.