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Need for Speed

During my second sleep of last Tuesday night, I became convinced that I had an unfinished blog, called Need for Speed. That was it. No further words. No idea about its contents. I decided to wake up early and started writing the first paragraph of this blog.

Later that day, I still failed to understand its message. Nowadays, speed is absent in my life. There is no need, want or belief in changing the pace in my life. My pre-2013 days are gone for good. I use rest, sleep and a lack of stress to prevent my 2013 burn-out from returning.

During my recent trip to Italy, I cancelled about half of my “scheduled” destinations. There was no need for speed. Speed prevents me from considering, thinking, etc. For some, that might be a solution; not for me. Slow thinking is what I need, want, and believe in.

The need in Need for Speed is still a mystery to me. Usually, we want speed (eg, speeding on highways). A need for speed is (only) relevant during escaping (eg, earthquake, eruption, flood, lightning). Such escapes seem rare exceptions in our (daily) lives.

A coffee-break made me realise that deadlines (eg, income tax return, projects) may represent a need for speed. Moreover, any appointment (eg, business, healthcare, personal) might give time constraints due to travelling and traffic jams. Usually, adequate planning solves those issues.

Then I remembered I once had a computer game called Need for Speed. Its relevance is still a mystery to me. Despite my elaboration above, I fail to understand the “message” during my second sleep. Computer games have been irrelevant to me for decades.

Perhaps this blog will once be continued. Probably not, however.

Please also see my 2018 year blog on first and second sleep, or take a look at related articles like BBC-2012, BBC-2022, and Big Think-2018.

Life in the Fast Lane (1976) by the Eagles
band, lyrics, video, Wiki-band, Wiki-song

Life in the fast lane, surely make you lose your mind
Life in the fast lane, huh

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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