The Need for Speed

May 15, 2019


Do you ignore some speed limit signs? 

I've been looking at the same speed limit signs for more than thirty years, and sometimes I get tired of them. And since I live in the town where I learned how to drive, the only time I really notice the speed limit is if someone in front of me is going too slowly. Which usually means they are following the speed limit.

For example, on a 25 mph road, how fast do you drive? Faster than 25 mph? Me too. Ever go 20 mph? Me neither.

I thought about Why I do this?

Here are a few excuses I've come up with:
• because somewhere deep down I believe speed limits were meant for icy and rainy conditions 
• because I'm late/because I want to be early
• because I just want to get there
• because I want to beat Waze
• but mostly it's because I can
(well, unless there's a cop)

I realize this isn't good. So a few years ago I tried to not drive over the posted speed limit for a whole day. I lasted one hour. One hour. And that was a struggle. 

Why? Why was I rushing? Where was I going so fast? 

What I figured out was: the farther above the speed limit I was driving, the more stressed out I felt in general. Which makes sense since I was rushing. 

But often I was rushing to nowhere. Stressed out and going... nowhere important. Stressed out and speeding... because it was the normal state of affairs.

I recognized that my car speed and my internal speed are linked. They were an indication of my personal state of affairs.

Knowing this I can use speed limit signs in a whole new way.
Knowing this, I have really slowed down. 

So, my thought challenge for you this month is:
1. The next time you pass a speed limit sign, check your car's speed: above or below?
2. Then check your own mental and emotional speed: above or below "calm and content"?

Then, let me know: How fast are you going? Too fast? Let me know if you want to slow down. I can help with that.

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