“Impatience is the new life!!”.
This tagline caught my attention, because it beautifully put into words the imperceptible buzz which now permeates the air for quite some time..We live in an era of great turmoil, in the midst of a recession. We see disturbing changes around us, and are restless to change things in our favour. We hate cutbacks and slowdowns.. We hate uncertainty, and the way it retards our growth. We want things to move fast, we want results quickly…We are an Impatient Generation.
Just look around and you will see the signs of this impatience.. We need to make the best of every moment, and we hate to wait.. We can’t sit and watch a cricket match for six hours, so the faster T20 format is our favourite…We are too impatient to blog, so we tweet, impatient to send mails so we IM.. We cant wait for one song to finish until we start listening to another.. We can’t stand slow queues so we book online.. ..There is a zero tolerance towards delays in retrieving information, and this characteristic is not just endemic to a certain age of people, but to a lifestyle..It is the DNA of an impatient generation!!.
We are also a generation which needs to be constantly occupied.. Either we work hard, or play harder!!… Our lives are enveloped by this constant static and white noise, so much that we get startled by silence..There is an underlying restlessness as we are constantly occupied with our lives, aims, ambitions, dreams, hopes and desires.. We are constantly wanting things, and either we struggle to get them, or move on to newer desires after we achieve the older ones.. We are constantly dissatisfied with what we have, and forever hungry to do more…
We are impatient not because of some hedonistic greed, but because we know that there is so much to know, and so little time.. So many things to choose from, but too little leisure to enjoy it, and because every moment, we get newer and enticing options and ideas, and we realise that we have only one life to live it all.. To sum it up, we are never ever completely satisfied with where we are!!..
I don’t know if this is a good thing or bad, but I do wonder how fast we can go on like this until we burn and frizzle out!..Should we now sometimes stop, look and introspect? Will it do us good if we try to understand the virtue of patience, and force ourselves to go slow? Will a deeper understanding and depth of perception lead us to contentment and bliss?
Perhaps it will, or maybe not. But a certain level of impatience is good. Impatience towards perpetuated wrongs, false commitments, callousness, carelessness, and bad governance can bring out the change that our nation so desperately needs. The social DNA of an entire generation has a huge potential energy, if properly harnessed can lead to a change-in-mindset Revolution. If we let our ambition spill out of our personal lives, and apply the rules to our surroundings then it can work wonders. Think over it!