This morning I stopped at a popular gas station in order to fill ‘er up for hopefully another 2 weeks. This is how long a full tank of gas typically lasts me. My car gets reasonably good mpg, and combined with my frequent public transportation habit, the span between fill-ups is mercifully long. It was early in the morning and this is when people drive the fastest and most aggressively because they are all invariably late because people are also invariably idiots and never allow themselves enough time to get where they need to be at an appointed hour. People, ill-equipped, rush, because they are late, they drive fast, they tailgate…this is the typical morning rush hour commute.
I pulled into the gas station and strolled over to the cashier to lay out some cash for my petroleum purchase. I strolled, I didn’t speedwalk like some dork. Only dorks walk fast. This is the gospel of David.
Dorks and women walk fast.
Anyways, I don’t walk fast because generally I have my shit in order and there is no need to rush. I have the whole morning laid out in my head before I embark on it so there is no need for me to high-tail it to the gasoline station’s cashier because I have a course planned out long before I pull in. I stroll. I’ve integrated that lackadaisical “eat me” strut. Nothing controls me. Absolutely nothing. I’m an “unmarried man,” get it? I control my world.
Well, it’s not quite so simple, of course, but as they say, your mind will follow where your body goes. A man, if he wants to appear a man, and in control, must take his time. A man must never rush through casual situations. I walked with an attitude that said “I’m taking life at
It’s a sign of helpless femininity when pretty girls do this. The trademark of femininity is helplessness after all, and nothing spells helplessness like hurrying.
Men should never rush. The wise man does not dart about.
The man in control of himself and his world, the man of self-assurance, does not walk fast or act as if the environment is demanding his immediate attention. This is the anti-masculine. The real man lives in a self-enclosed world and your demands and capricious desires are the fodder of comedy to him as he…struts.
A man who walks too fast for no reason is demonstrating helplessness and an inability to control his physical reactions and emotional manifestations. He is a wuss. Same goes for men who needlessly drive too fast. Whether it’s the hipster accelerating around in his Prius or the teen-aged jock in a Dodge Ram, a man who drives too fast is merely displaying an inability to conquer his own mindset.
A real man snubs his nose at situations that demand his frantic attention like a cumbersome mommy-figure.
My advice to you, as a man, even if you feel like rushing around, stop. Stop and listen to your own racing heart and its motivations. Examine your thoughtless quest for nothing, because that is exactly what all your rushing around accomplishes.
Be a man of peace, a man of serenity.
Be a man who walks purposefully but at his own pace. If the situation calls for you to rush, fine. However, don’t rush for the strange disembodied sake of rushing. If the building is on fire, rush. If you’re rushing to the theater because you’re late, you are a wuss. You planned badly, you were in the wrong location, and thus, you are not in control of your environment. You have been caught rushing! This is why you need to slow down.
A real man dictates his environment. By rushing, you betray that you are a worm, a mushy man; not a strong, powerful man.
Strong men do not rush because they control the race from the beginning.