A long line at the supermarket makes me twiddle my thumbs and wish for a fast-forward button. I have similar feelings about stop-and-go traffic. All the wait, wait, waiting takes time away from the people I love and the activities I hold dear.
And that kind of waiting is the easiest – you can see the finish-line and you know that if you hang in there, just a few minutes more, the line will end and the traffic will part. But what about the longer kind of waiting – the kind that entails transitioning to a new life stage?
The ‘stage of life’ wait is more abstract, and the blurry outline provides room for all sorts of what-if questions and worst-case scenarios. What if I don’t get into college? Can l find a job with an art major? Will I like working as a marketing associate?
Surely you’re familiar with these questions – we’ve all had them. I woke up with ‘what if’ questions on mind, mused about them while I sipped my coffee, and then tossed them aside to go hiking with my husband.
I remind myself that it’s impossible to control the future, but I can work diligently, here and now, to enjoy the present.