Fast is better


This could easily be a rant on the AT&T commercial with the man in the suit and the children.

(It took me three tries to remember the company in that commercial. It’s an annoying, pointless spot. Example of humor that isn’t even that funny, without any memorable, relevant information except a vague, overused catchphrase. OKAY, I’m done.)


Lists to prove my point

The following is a list of things that become more painful when done slowly:

  • Getting a shot
  • Taking a shot (alcoholic)
  • Leg lifts
  • Driving (aka traffic jams)

The following is a list of things that pretty much always go wrong when you do them slowly:

  • The 100m dash
  • The long jump or trying to jump over any long distance
  • Throwing a bowling ball
  • Responding to someone who’s just said “I love you”
  • Responding to someone’s urgent call

There is a pool in Austin, Texas, called Barton Springs Pool.

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It’s pretty, isn’t it?

The temperature of the water ranges from 68 °F to 71.6 °F (or 20°C to 22 °C for the rest of the world).The average outdoor pool is 82 °F to 84 °F (about 28 °C). Barton Springs Pool is kind of cold.

If you sit there, if you put a foot or hand in, then your body will instantly refuse to get in. Your basic human instincts will have time to kick in and tell you not to get in because it’s too cold.

The only way to really get in this pool is to jump or just drop yourself in without thinking too much. Otherwise, the cold and the mental discomfort gets to you.

Therefore, fast is better.

I want to take this moment to give a more context for “fast”.

Fast is another of those deceptively simple words that have a number of other meanings beyond their most common usages. If something “sticks fast” it means it cannot be removed — like a leech or a stain. “To stand fast” means not to give up your point of view or to remain loyal. Then there’s also the slang meaning of living beyond the constraints of normal behavior — as in “the fast life,” “the fasttrack,” or “the fast lane.”                                                     –


1 adjacting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly


c. Expressing fixity of attention, effort, or purpose: Earnestly, steadily, diligently, zealously.                      – Oxford English Dictionary

 c. Readily, with alacrity.                                – Oxford English Dictionary

Here’s what I interpret (for those of you who like math):

Fast =  quickly + purposefully + readily + eagerly

“Fast” refers to moments, and that refers to actions and decisions. Not just the split-second moment where you have the chance to kiss someone, but also the 3-month moment where you have the chance to change your life by applying to grad school and moving across the country. Opportunities.

There’s only so much that you can talk about doing something or think about whether or not you should take action.

There will always be a reason not do something. There is a whole population of people who want to get a dog, want to travel the world, want to meet the right person, and want to write a book, but they’ve always talked themselves out of every opportunity.

I don’t really believe in wrong decisions or regrets. That doesn’t mean I believe that everything I’ve done has been the perfect choice, but it means that my wrong moves have taken me to another moment that’s presented the right move. Making the wrong decision is better than making no decision at all, and leaving yourself in limbo is one of the worst things you can do to yourself.



Sometimes it’s really about being brave, being fast, and taking the outcome as it comes.


Not the most relevant photo…


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