Life in the Slow Lane

Many of us have experienced Life in the FAST Lane and the problems that often accompany that life: stress, inadequate diet, limited sleep, strained family relationships, increased personal debt, depression and the onset of health problems.

Then along came the potentially deadly Corona virus. Suddenly and without warning we found ourselves thrust into Life in the SLOW Lane. We were encouraged and finally ordered to stay at home and to avoid personal contact with others.

Interestingly, this sudden change to slow down brought with it many of the problems we encountered in the Fast Lane list above: stress, inadequate diet, excess sleep, strained family relationships, increased personal debt, depression and the onset of health problems.

It appears that we don’t do well when life is too fast or too slow. There must be some middle ground that would work well. Perhaps we should be “trending” toward that life?

About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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1 Response to Life in the Slow Lane

  1. Early on in my life I made a conscious decision to avoid life in the fast lane. Through the years, that decision has had a cost. Monetary wealth has eluded me. But the upside has been a wealth of friendships and experiences. Given that choice again, I would doubtless make the same decision. COVID-19, however, has severely impacted my ability to interact with the rest of the world. Fortunately, there’s FaceTime, which has allowed me to stay in touch with my immediate family. I like your idea of “middle of the road.” It reinforces my belief in moderation, which, after all, is the key to happiness. Nice post, Bill. 🙂


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