If you’re a runner, you’d probably know what I’m going to talk about. There is always this feeling of steady state when I hit the first 3km during my morning runs: your breathing feels like you’re relaxing on a sofa; your vision becomes a crisp clear; your hearing become so acute; and time seems to stop. Usually during this time, my mind goes blank, just focusing on the next stride my legs to move forward. The feeling is so beautiful and makes me feel so alive.
When I looked at wikipedia, a system in a steady state has numerous properties that are unchanging in time. Steady state would be a situation in thermodynamic called equilibrium. It’s in a balance state where the behavior of the system will continue into the future.
This feeling however, couldn’t be achieved if I tried to rush it by running at a faster pace hoping to get into the steady state sooner. If rushed, at kilometer 3, the heartbeat would be too fast, breathing would be heavy and the next 3km would not be so enjoyable.
I think in life, this rule applies. If we think that we can rush-in and push-away to go to the next level at a quicker pace, we might get there faster than anyone else, however, the next level after that would not be so enjoyable. We’d probably get there faster but we might lose what’s the most important in us: family, friendship and self-fulfillment.
I think we should aim to have a balanced-equilibrium life and have a steady state from the inside. No matter what life brings you, your behavior as a person will always be the same and continue unwavering into the future.
When I was a kid, I thought this was given for adult: wise, balance and mature. It turns out that we really need to put the effort, continuously, and cannot be rushed.