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Life in the fast Lane

Recently I came across the following fact in an article on discover.com:

“More people commit suicide in New York City than are murdered.”

The instant I read that, I said to myself, “So much for life in the fast lane”. I have always struggled to understand what that phrase means. “Fast lane” towards where? I even dared to ask out loud the same question to some of the super achievers that I have had the fortune of interacting with. The unequivocal reponse that I got was, “Towards fame and fortune”. If I were to answer that question, I would say, “Towards stress, ill-health and misery.”

Don’t get me wrong. I am not the guy who drives at 40mph on a 6-lane freeway. I just don’t see the point of trying to go at 100 mph all the time when you very well know that the odds of you making it are one in a gazillion.

Riding in the fast late for a while is a smart thing. Living in the fast lane is foolish. But hey, that’s just what I think.Recently I came across the following fact in an article on discover.com:

“More people commit suicide in New York City than are murdered.”

The instant I read that, I said to myself, “So much for life in the fast lane”. I have always struggled to understand what that phrase means. “Fast lane” towards where? I even dared to ask out loud the same question to some of the super achievers that I have had the fortune of interacting with. The unequivocal reponse that I got was, “Towards fame and fortune”. If I were to answer that question, I would say, “Towards stress, ill-health and misery.”

Don’t get me wrong. I am not the guy who drives at 40mph on a 6-lane freeway. I just don’t see the point of trying to go at 100 mph all the time when you very well know that the odds of you making it are one in a gazillion.

Riding in the fast late for a while is a smart thing. Living in the fast lane is foolish. But hey, that’s just what I think.

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