Waiting for a Girl Like You, Waiting on a Woman, I Wil Wait, Waiting on the World to Change. These songs all have something in common besides the popularity they have seen across several genres of music. All of these songs revolve around waiting. I am in a period of my life where I am waiting for a lot of things to happen. I’m waiting for my dog to stop being a puppy. I’m waiting to hear back about a new job. I’m waiting until closer to the end of my lease to start looking for new apartments. I’m waiting to graduate...146 days…
As a planner, this period of my life is incredibly frustrating. I want to be able to be proactive and take charge of the situation, but as of right now I have done everything I can do, and now I just need to wait. There are several periods of life where we are forced to wait. This is something that takes patience and acceptance. We have talked previously about the importance of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. This is a lot like that. Waiting is an annoying but necessary part of life.
There will always be something to wait on, but this also gives us something to look forward to. I remember waiting for my college acceptance letter. It felt like centuries waiting to hear back from my college. However, when I actually received the letter, it was one of the happiest moments of my life. If I didn’t have the period of waiting for the letter, it wouldn’t have been so great to finally receive it.
Waiting allows us time to prepare and to anticipate. This period of time is just as important. I applied for college in November of my senior year of high school. If I had received an acceptance letter immediately, I would have been mentally done with high school, and I wouldn’t have tried for the rest of the year. I think Billy Joel summed this idea up really well with his song Vienna. “Slow down you’re doing fine, you can’t be everything you want to be before your time…” As Joel alludes to, it is important to not get ahead of ourselves. Being productive but patient can help us realize that we are exactly where we need to be.