As Americans, we are an impatient set of people. We tend to want things instantly, like popcorn. We have very short attention spans it seems, and the minute we get what we want, we’re on to the next desire. Often we even get aggravated or lose interest when things don’t materialize as instantly as we’d hoped. As toddlers, we pitch fits and throw tantrums when we don’t immediately get our way, but most of us grow out of that childish phase. Of course we currently have a leader that resembles a toddler in his actions, and also throws tantrums and shuts down the government when he doesn’t get his way, so I suppose we don’t all grow out of it.
But why is it that we live in such a microwaveable society?
People want wealth quickly, so much so that they fall into pyramid schemes, or lose hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars gambling or betting on the lottery on the chance that they will eventually win it big.
Even in our more personal love lives, we jump in and out of relationships looking for a feeling that takes time to develop. We want the fairy tale romance, but we want it yesterday. We want to wake up with roses and sunrises, madly in love, but yet we don’t want to take time to get to know anyone or vet prospective lovers before entrusting them with our hearts. Without even knowing what we want in a partner, we rush into relationships that ultimately end because we never knew one another. Most importantly, we don’t take time to find ourselves and decide what exactly is it that we are even looking for. But you can read more about that here.
In our technologically advanced world, all kinds of answers and resources are right at our finger tips. There was a time people had to actually look in encyclopedias and dictionaries for the questions they had….and still ran the risk of not finding their answer. Today, we couldn’t imagine being without Google (aka search bae). My grandma, for example, is the Google queen. Anytime there’s a question posed that no one seems to know the answer to, her first reaction is “just Google it!” And while grandma’s enthusiasm for having the world’s knowledge readily at her disposal is both adorable and a testament to twenty-first century advancement, it’s also an example of how quickly we expect a resolution for all our first world issues.
Our society is especially impatient when it comes to health and fitness.
People obsess over being a healthier physical version of themselves, but many times would rather take risky shortcuts to obtain results faster, rather than taking their time and doing it correctly. We go on crash diets and drink concoctions of rat blood, ground up mud leaves, and whatever else all in hopes that it will somehow work miracles, sometimes to the point of illness. While being healthy is a great objective, why do we want results immediately without putting adequate work in? So many people end up hurting themselves or gaining all the weight back at the end anyway because the shortcut they used was only meant for temporary results, which spirals them right back into obsession and depression over their appearance.
So why do we live life rushing for the next thing? This isn’t the Wizard of Oz; we can’t snap our fingers and make things magically appear every second. What we forget is that sometimes quicker results means less quality results as well. Think about when you bake a cake too hot and too fast. It falls, right? And then you end up having to do it all over again, or get fed up and buy one. Life is similar that way. There’s a reason that things take time, and it’s not the universe’s vendetta against you to simply prolong thing. It’s because anything that is worth value takes time to develop. Even humans take nine months to properly develop before we’re ready for birth. We find ourselves in such a race against time for the things we want, and whether it be for a fear of dying before we reach all of our goals, or whether we just want things immediately in order to say that we have it first, we have to slow down. What is meant to be yours will be yours in due time. If we keep rushing our lives, we may end up rushing ourselves right to the grave.