What’s the Rush?

Rod Pickett
2 min readSep 25, 2023

Haste is universal because everyone is in flight from himself.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations

We are always in a hurry.

Especially when we are driving.

Every trip is a challenge to get to the destination as quickly as possible.

I find myself doing this even when I’m ahead of schedule — even when I don’t know what I’m going to do once I arrive.

The road is not the only place we are in a rush.

According to TheBarbecueLab.com, the average American household uses 10% of its income to buy fast food.

Even at home, we are in a hurry to eat.

Most of our food is ready to eat or ready to heat.

It seems that the home-cooked meal is quickly becoming a relic of a time long gone.

Even shopping has been accelerated.

I find myself searching for more items to add to my online cart so I can qualify for free next-day shipping.

Even when we try to get away on vacation we are in a hurry.

We try to stuff too many attractions into just a few days.

I’ve gone on hikes through gorgeous parks in a hurry to get done as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, there was no one at the finish to give me a trophy for my record time.

Why do we get caught up in the rush?



Rod Pickett

Rod Pickett is a writer, pastor, teacher, photographer, real estate broker, personal trainer, consultant, trained hypnotist, woodworker and life-long learner.