going fast VS hurrying up + girl with terminal illness

“when you run so fast to get somewhere, you miss half the fun of getting there.”

_extracted from ‘a girl with terminal illness’ and written by that same girl, who died soon after writing it.
first read in the 4 hour work week by tim ferris.

the difference between going fast and hurrying up is not in the word itself. let me explain it this way:

I run almost everyday around 10-15K. and since I’m running, naturally I’m going fast. I see other runners along the way too. and I noticed a major difference between us.

when I run, I have my head up, my eyes are absorbing everything. I make eye contact with everyone. I don’t miss a single construction worker on my way, not even if he’s working on the scaffolding of the 2nd floor. I wave to them and smile until my teeth show. and this isn’t a show I put on. this is the explosive happiness that I’m experiencing during my journey.

I try to wave, smile, and say hi to the other people running. it never works, they always have their head down, staring at the pavement, completely immersed in themselves and disconnected from their surroundings. and I think I know why.

when they run, they have a target. either finish the distance or finish the time, and get home. they don’t run for journey, they run for the end result. they are in a hurry to finish.

I run for the experience, and that’s why I said in the beginning that I run 10-15K. that’s because I don’t care how far I run, nor for how long. it’s the experience, the journey.

and this is what I meant by saying: the difference between going fast and hurrying up is not in the words themselves. take another look at the little girls’ saying:

“when you run so fast to get somewhere, you miss half the fun of getting there.”
did you notice the ‘…to get somewhere…’ part? she didn’t say: ‘when you run so fast, you miss half the fun’.

she had a short life, but she experienced it. make sure you do too.

yours, will.

twitter: @williamchoukeir

p.s. more coming soon on how apply this while working.

 

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2 Responses to going fast VS hurrying up + girl with terminal illness

  1. Anonymous says:

    I like this. It’s kinda my frame of thinking and being a student here at AUB. During my undergraduate in iowa I felt so rushed to get my studies done, that I literally just took classes and finished them and did not take any time for any experiences. so this time around, I’m taking my time with my "head up" –or at least trying to, and trying to experience as much as I can.. yeah for some reason we always want to rush to get things done, to get to the end result. I almost found myself going back to the same frame of thinking when I thought well …if I become a full time student next semester I’ll be almost done. Well no…that’s not what I came here for..so I stopped myself 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    <html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">thanks nat. that’s beautiful<div><br><div><div></div></div></div></body></html>

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