In the midst of our fast foods, fast fashion, quickly circulating news and gossip, fast cars, and every other thing that has accelerated over the years, we have shortened the timeline of our expectations. The need for speed propels us to place unattainable and unrealistic time-frames on our goals. Every swipe on the ever buzzing internet brings us face to face with glossy and filtered photos of people achieving things in half the time it takes us, or less.
From a photo of someone who lost pounds of weight in a week, to a couple getting married two weeks after dating, or even someone buying his first house at seventeen, the bottom line is the same, they got there faster. Suddenly, the steps we’re currently taking towards our goals – whatever they may be – feel insufficient. We feel we should be doing more, and moving faster.
As we swipe, stare, and God when, we fail to realize that there is a grueling and unfiltered process behind the finished photos.
We are a fast tracked generation, constantly on the move, chasing after some goal or the other we’ve convinced ourselves would elude us if we do not hurry. A generation of twenty-something year olds whose lives are in reality, just beginning, but are convinced their lives are ruined for failing to scale a milestone. Wallowing in depression, we compare our lives and achievements to others and find ourselves lacking. So, we resort to shortcuts in an attempt to speed up and fall in line with our contemporaries.
We replace consistency with faster options, the legality or salubrity of which we sometimes ignore. But speeding often comes with dire consequences like crashing. Long term goals should be built carefully from the foundation up. When they are not, they tend to be fleeting and unsustainable, going as quickly as they come.
Little consistent work builds character, which is the foundation for sustainable goals. So, the next time you feel the lure of the fast lane drawing you in, resist it. A journey of a thousand miles still begins with a step, and everyone operates on different clocks. What takes a decade for you to achieve may take another a year. It does not mean you’re late, it just means you’re on your timeline. Stay there and watch your efforts take you where you’re meant to be, and while you’re at it, shut down the urge to compare your progress to anyone else’s.
This article was written by Henrietta Lehi; connect with her on Instagram via here
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