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Signs Of Life

Columns by Pamela Majteles

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Posted by pam on January 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Originally published June 12, 2009

Reprinted with permission from Bay Area News Group – East Bay

“Faster, faster, faster!”

My son’s voice rings out, as he furiously pedals his tricycle, attempting to propel himself faster with every turn of the wheels.

“Slow down!” I respond, doubting my words will have any effect.

No matter how often I invoke these words, they never seem to work. If I’m not yelling the words at my 4-year-old, they’re running through my head in response to how fast time seems to move. For instance, it’s now June, the end of the school year, and I can’t figure out how it came so quickly.

But it isn’t just the school year that zipped by in a flash. I scratch my head wondering how my son is already 4-years-old, when only yesterday he was a baby. It’s also hard to believe that my husband and I have been together for over 25 years. And, traveling faster than the speed of light, I’ve now reached middle-age.

I say again, “Slow down!”

Not only is time moving fast, it moves faster and faster every day. At some point, as I’ve grown older, time started speeding up. It often feels like I’m driving down one of those steep streets in the Oakland hills without any brakes.

“Slow down!” I repeat.

Clearly, what I’m saying isn’t working, so maybe I’m not saying it right. Perhaps I need to work on my delivery, consider other ways of expressing it, such as chanting the words, more like a mantra. In yoga, a mantra is an energy-based sound that produces an actual physical vibration — maybe I just need to get more physical.

“Slow down!” I try again, shaking my arms vigorously around.

Perhaps I need to be peppier. Think cheerleader. I can call out the words with a few jumps and kicks, and a big smile on my face. Or maybe it’s a matter of being more authoritative, and I just need to demand that time does what I say. If these approaches don’t do the trick, I can do a trick. Like a magician, I’ll invoke the magic words while waving my wand.

“Abracadabra. Slow down!”

For the moment, I’m not seeing any results. All I can see is my son pedaling frantically down the street, racing away from me. Just like time.

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