The first band I ever remember liking was 80’s country sensation Alabama. I’m not sure why their music spoke to me or if I just liked them because my grandfather was such a huge fan, but there are pictures of four year old Brandon rocking an Alabama shirt.
My peak Alabama love came around 1992, when Richard Petty was about to retire and their Richard Petty Fans song was making its rounds. I ended up a copy of American Pride, the album from which that song originated and as much as I wanted to say the Richard Petty song was the best, it wasn’t. The song actually had two other songs that were vastly superior: Take a Little Trip and I’m in a Hurry.
I’m in a Hurry really captured my imagination because it was catchy as hell. As I got older and began to recognize the relevance of the lyrics, the song became just a little bit better.
This is the chorus and you’ll get the gist from that:
I’m in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.
The song popped in my head this morning as I slowly fell into old habits and began feeling rushed with all the things I “NEED” to do. I took a second to recognize that the stress and pressure I was putting on myself was huge for a bunch of stuff that really didn’t matter. So, I did a couple things and then ended up just deleting the rest off my to-do list. It really wasn’t all that important.
I have what could almost be described as a compulsion to complete things and stay organized and on top of things. I like that by staying ahead of the game, life tends to go easier, but when I start creating stress and drama for no reason that’s when this is out of control. The good thing is, I’m starting to recognize it and I’m really committed to backing off and taking things much, much easier.
I just ran across an article online that was entitled, “How Not to Get Lazy in Quarantine.” It made me think, what’s so wrong with being lazy? Why is lazy such a bad word? Why on Earth are we all set to run ourselves to death?