“Why are they running?”

The Washington, D.C. Metro One of the most amusing comments my mother made when we took her to Metro Center, the metro’s busiest station, was: "Why are they running?" Of course, she was referring to the fast pace of commuters who rush to catch their trains to get to their destinations on time. While my sister was teasing my mom about her comment, it suddenly hit me that after two years of living in the US, I’m actually one of those runners.

I take the train everyday to get to work. My actual train ride is 30 minutes long but to make it to work at 9:00 am, I have to do my share of running. The minute the alarm goes off at 6:00 am, the running starts. From preparing breakfast, to packing lunches, to taking a shower and then taking care of some chores, there is no time to take a breather. I run the escalators in the metro to catch the train, then run the streets of DC to get to work on time if there were any delays in the Metro’s Red Line (a constant occurrence).

When my husband and I get home after work, there is also some running to do. From making dinner, to sorting the mail, and taking care of chores, we only stop when we fall asleep watching reruns of Law Order: Special Victims.

This is how my life has been the past two years: running in constant pursuit of the American Dream. Despite the hard work, I can easily say that I’m happy here and quite comfortable. Somehow, this constant fast-paced existence fits my lifestyle. Alright, time to wrap up this post. I have to run. [Picture: Courtesy the husband].


  1. Hareega August 12, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    A recent study has shown that people in the Middle East are the slowest walkers!

  2. jareer August 13, 2007 at 8:33 am

    But probably the fastest drivers too !

  3. Uncle Al August 14, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    Enjoyed your post and appreciate your mom’s perspective more and more. I’m reminded of part of a Kipling poem:

    “When Earth’s last picture is painted
    And the tubes are twisted and dried
    When the oldest colors have faded
    And the youngest critic has died
    We shall rest, and faith, we shall need it
    Lie down for an aeon or two
    ‘Till the Master of all good workmen
    Shall put us to work anew.”

    Retirement does refocus one sometimes!

  4. Ahmed September 26, 2007 at 9:34 am

    It’s generally a western lifestyle .. we as easterners like to do things at ease without any rush .. however this kinda indicates our whole life rhythm we don’t work that much, we don’t have those things to hurry for ..

    A busy person, is often a productive one ..


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