I was listening to NPR today (as all smart people do…wink…wink). Adam Frank, NPR's resident physicist and commentator, gave a report on “how your velocity — how quickly you move — affects how you experience life.” The report spoke of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and how humans now move so much faster than those 100 years ago. The example was given with regards to travel. At one point we only walked. We progressed to ride horses, carts, trains, cars and rockets. Eventually we will fly by our own volition!
Look how far we have come as a human race in the last 100 years. That time is a drop in the bucket if you look at the history of time in this planet. Still, relativity allows us to draw comparisons of progress along a path. We do not all travel at the same speed. Some of us our rabbits and some of us our turtles.
Sometimes I feel like a turtle. It feels like there is not enough hours in the day for me to create everything I want to create. Ask any of my friends and they will tell you that I have ideas coming out of every pore in my body! Then I feel bogged down because I can’t get it all done. When I start feeling that way it is a red flag to re-evaluate, re-organize, re-group and go back to the plan.
Remembering to extend patience to myself and get back to the plan is key. Although I feel like I am moving slow, everything is slowly, but surely, falling into place as it should. I may not draw or paint every single day, but I do something that is moving my art career forward - EVERYDAY. Important tasks are broken down to digestible pieces, each one moving me forward to the end goal. And during high-stress times, I remind me of what Stuart Wilde used to say, “I have all the time in the world….I have all the time in the world”.
We have each been gifted with the EXACT same 24 hours in a day. Our means may be different. Or desires may not match. But what we accomplish is entirely up to our personal desire to achieve a goal. The most important thing is that you make a decision, decide on a direction and project yourself forward along the determined path. Planning. Consistency. Determination. Your personal velocity has everything to do with how you use your time and less to do with the space you have travelled. Be determined. Stay the course. Boldly go where no one has gone before. God speed.
Frank, Adam. “The Universe Cares About How Fast You — Yes, You — Travel.” All Things Considered. NPR. Web. 21 May 2014.