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!