Me, I’m a fast person.
What I mean by this is that my normal rate of movement – be it walking or driving – tends to be fast. Not only that, but I simply can’t stroll or crawl. I realized this while on vacation with my father in Feburary, when we were walking around San Francisco (in Cali ;)): he walks. very. slowly. The man meanders. I was often walking ahead of him by half a block or so, and then waiting for him to catch up. One time he asked me “Why are you in such a hurry?” I said, “I’m not, I just can’t walk that slow!” I thought about it for a while afterwards, and realized it was true about me in general: I’m hardly ever in a hurry, and it’s not like I zoom past things so quickly that I don’t get to see anything, but I like to be moving. I won’t be keeping up with a hard-core NYC pedestrian or anything (those people walk fast!), but I can’t stand to meander or be stuck behind a slow-moving group of people. I don’t even like walking slowly for short distances: my officemate is a “slow person,” and years ago I stopped trying to walk to meetings with her. I’d just wind up way ahead, and then would feel bad – I didn’t want her to think that I was implying that she was too slow. Which she wasn’t! She was just too slow for me.
I drive the same way: I am almost never in a hurry, but I get frustrated if I can’t average 5-10 mph over the limit. (I will never, ever understand people on the interstate who sit in the right-hand lane and go 5-10 mph under the limit.) I don’t think I’d ever be happy driving a bus or a big truck for a living, because I think their slowness would irk me. I’ve tried driving slowly when I’m going to be very early for an appointment, but even then I can’t do it: I’d rather be ridiculously early and sit around with nothing to do for a while than drive slower than I have to.
Now, none of this means that I’m unsafe or inconsiderate, or that I’m incapable of stopping to smell the roses. All I’m saying is that when I’m walking or driving, I’m much happier if I can be going “at speed.”
What about you? Are you a “fast person” or a “slow person?”