Waiting for tonight

A great part of our lives is spent waiting. Not just waiting for the bus to go to school or to work, but waiting for ‘something’ to happen. It may be something we hope for, long for, or even dread about. But it’s definitely something that does not depend on our will or efforts and, often, might not occur at all.

We wait for the sun to rise.

We wait for the coffee for our breakfast.

We wait for the news on TV.

We wait for the red traffic lights to turn green.

We wait for the bus or train.

We wait for a text message, email or phone call.

We wait for the results of our exams.

We wait for our food at the restaurant.

We wait for our favourite song to come up on the radio.

We wait to pay our shopping at the till.

We wait to meet the ‘right one’.

We wait for tonight or the weekend to go out and have fun.

What does all of this waiting entail? It can be stressful and cause tension or anxiety quite often. We wait so that we can ‘do something next‘. It’s always very tempting to ‘skip the queue’: overtake a car at the traffic lights or be the first to call when instead we were expecting to receive the call. Very often, we know, that is not a solution. We end up building more anxiety in thinking about how to stop waiting than to actually wait.

Waiting, however, isn’t all that bad. It is necessary to our lives to have a break, to stop, to think. Modern life has already got rid of so many ‘waiting’ moments, and everything is faster and immediate. But even the internet, chatting, blogging cannot get rid of the dimension of ‘waiting’ and luckily so!

Waiting makes us eager to achieve our goal or destination.  This can be a good thing though: once you reach it, you feel satisfaction or relief. Just like during a film that builds up suspense. But what film would it be if the final ending was known right from the start? No one would want to watch it for sure.

We often forget about the importance of waiting for something or someone. Waiting is not a waste of time in our precious overly busy lives. Waiting is PART of our lives. Plus it trains us to build one of the most useful skills we need all throughout life: patience!


7 thoughts on “Waiting for tonight

  1. You are right. Waiting is part of our lives! Thus I want to make my waiting be “relaxing” or “preparing”. But it’s still difficult to wait for someone(!) or something like an idea for my research 🙂

    • I know 🙂 What I was trying to say, though, is that waiting is rarely relaxing because a lot happens while we are waiting even if we think life is on hold! This is why you will find inspiration for your research by waiting (only if you don’t fall asleep, of course)!

  2. Even more one could say that life IS waiting. If we look at life in a relative perspective, all we do everyday, every “action”, “fact”, movement is there to fill the long wait that life is. As in ‘Waiting for Godot’, we do not wait FOR something. Godot will never come. We wait, and that’s it. Maybe waiting for the train can be seen as the most “real” moment of our existence, as we finally stop doing “useless” things and get in touch with the reality of waiting. Boring stuff, waiting, ‘in it? But on the other hand, it’s really when we wait that we think of the key aspects of our life. So waiting isn’t all that bad in the end…

    • Very philosophical – also in Dino Buzzati’s “The Tartar Steppes” (“Il Deserto dei Tartari”): the whole book is about waiting for the enemy to arrive. You read the book thinking the story will be about the enemy’s arrival, instead the book is actually all about the ‘waiting’. As you say, another allegory to say that life IS waiting.

  3. Each new day is another step closer to where ever a writer is headed…Only God knows why we keep doing it. Everyone is a writer, everyone is a poet. Or thinks they are. including myself. But i truly believe what we did today will pay off tomorrow. it truly is a waiting game.

    • Connie, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!
      I personally do not write with the thought that ‘it will pay off tomorrow’ – to me, writing is about the present (because writing makes me feel well) and about the future (because writing will help me to remember feelings / impressions). Of course, I appreciate it if others enjoy reading my writings but that is really not my main goal. So in that sense, I do not relate ‘writing’ to ‘waiting’.

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