this may or may not be an actual transcript of an actual conversation that actually took place.
me: hey, life?
me: so… how's it going?
life: fine. i've got lots to do.
me: yeah, about that… do you think you could slow down a bit?
life: no, this is my pace. why?
me: well, it's just that i could really use some time to just put everything on hold. you know, to regain my balance, breathe for a few moments, and then jump back in the game. i think i'd be better that way.
me: so how am i supposed to catch back up to where i want to be?
life: you just have to do it.
life: i'm not going to slow down just for you. i can't. so if you want to catch up, you're going to have to do that yourself.
me: but that's hard. it'd be so much easier if…
life: no. it doesn't work like that.
me: ok. i guess i can wait until things slow down and get easier, then i'll catch up.
life: when do you think that's going to happen?
me: it'll be when… um…. after i…. dang.
life: look, i'm not going to slow down. 60 seconds in a minute, 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week; it's the same for everyone. if you want more or less of something, you've got to do it.
me: but can't you just...?
me: so i just have to work harder? or figure out some other way to do what i want and get where i want to be?
me: you're not going to cut me any slack and help me out here?
life: i can't. you're the one who has to learn this.
me: ok. i guess that makes sense. thanks for your time.