I recently went to NYC, I can’t wait to share more about my experience there. But, I couldn’t help but remember my Monday morning in NY.
It is a long story-but I’ll extract the part that I want to emphasize on. Basically, I was rushing to the bus stop, and Monday morning in NY is a fast pace train on the sidewalks. Tons of people going incredibly fast trying to get to work, get their kids to school, get themselves to school, I mean, you name it…but it’s fast! I joined this pace as I became just another frantic person trying to get somewhere that Monday morning.
I found myself short winded a couple of times and the only way to catch a break from the pace that others had was to step out into a clear zone to the left or to the right where there were no people. Catch a quick breath or break and get back in the game. It was as wild as jumping in to a moving subway [not over exaggerating]. If you weren’t going at the pace of the people you were going to get evil stares or bumped a lot!
Recently while scrolling through instagram I found myself looking at others doing some things that I’ve had ideas to do. Launching new directions in a direction I have had in mind to go. I immediately grew anxious inside watching this. I mean, how could they be doing what I had in mind to do?! I didn’t feel jealous of what others were doing, just sort of upset with myself for not doing it first. I felt off, and frustrated, and a little defeated thinking that I will no longer be able to do certain things I’ve been dreaming up because others have already begun to do them.
And then it dawned on me. Like Monday morning at NY. We are all trying to get somewhere, we are all trying to do something. Everyone is going at their pace, but we can get caught up really easily on the fast pace train. I had to stop and reflect and ask myself the hard questions…. “Are you truly ready, like they are?!” “Is this thing for now?” “Could it be that you need to step out and into the sidelines a bit and catch your breath?” The truth was this, I’m not ready…and that’s ok.
It’s ok to watch people pass you up. It doesn’t take anything away from where you’re going. It’s ok if people get to their destinations before you do. It doesn’t mean you won’t arrive at your destination when it’s time. It’s easy to get caught up in someone else’s’ pace of life and feel short winded because of it. That pace was not designed for you. Find your pace, stay in your place, and when it’s time you’ll arrive at your destination….stronger and healthier and ready.
Pace yourself Rubi. Pace yourself my friends.