Whiplash: Are you rushing or are you dragging?



‘Are you rushing or are you dragging?’ a question screamed by J K Simmons in the face of his drum pupil/protégé repeatedly in Whiplash.

When a line of  dialogue becomes so quotable you have to wonder why. What has made that line stick? What in that particular line has struck a chord with the audience?

This line is used to keep Miles Teller in check to question the validity of his presence in Simmons band, to test his understanding of what he is a part of.

My question then is simple ‘Are you rushing or are you dragging?’ Life can become so busy that we can very easily fill our time day to day with multiple forms of business and entertainment, rushing from place to place to meet different friends that by the end of the day we find ourselves exhausted. By rushing through our days though are we actually doing any good? Those friends/meetings that we flit between do they really get the best of us? Do they get our full attention? Be honest even when we are with others we check our phones for the next appointment, next ‘funny’ tweet or status.

So the question is are we rushing?

The flip side of this though is are we dragging?

Are we dragging our heels, putting off the important things to do the minor task. Are we trudging through meetings / coffee dates when the reality is we would rather be elsewhere because equally these things and these people are not getting the best of us either.

Where do your passions lie?

Where is your time best invested?

Who is your time truly invested in?

At the core of Whiplash is the pursuit and the achievement of brilliance and the fight (literal at times) to achieve this.

Wouldn’t the greater achievement be to do the things we WANT to do WELL?

Who does it benefit to rush or drag yourself through things?

Surely it is better for those around us to experience the best of us rather than a watered down, mediocre, shadow of who we could be?

So I ask again.

Are you rushing or are you dragging?


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