Life is all about hurrying up and waiting. For example, you go to the grocery store to only buy a case of water and a roll of paper towel. It only takes you three minutes to grab the items, when approaching the register, you were disappointed to see only one opened register. Your learned from the store PA announcement that the supermarket is short staff and they just opened the customer service lane for ten items or less customers that now have an exaggerated million people at the service counter. Not willing to take a chance you decided to wait to be checked out behind a cart full of groceries only to dreadfully hear the cashier yelled for a price check. Feeling like you would do better another time visit the grocery store you leave you shopping cart in the middle of the store isle and darted to your car.
Now, you had a few options that you could have considered instead of leaving out of the parking lot empty handed. Option # 1: You could have tried the customer service line. Although it was a long line full of customers most customers had only ten items of less. Option #2: You could have helped the cashier and completed the price check. That would’ve save time waiting, received an extra five-minute work-out, and helped the customer in front of you with many more items to be scanned.
Well, if you are anything like me I would’ve stuck to Option # 3 which was to dart to my car especially, if I don’t need those items in my shopping cart right away.
This brings me to my concept that the “hurry up and wait” life concept is a gravitational pull on our minds to makes us question what option should be considered to hurry along our life processes faster. Another example, attending college you anticipating completion within four years instead it takes you six years to graduate. Once you graduate you hurried to apply to all the jobs within your college major only to be turned down for having little or no work experience. So you decided to get local office job which matches doesn’t match with your degree to help pay bills until the time a position becomes available for you. Now with this example, it’s not so easy to dart away because you are already gaps away from your career goals and dreams. So what do you do? Honestly, I am no expert however, I do believe in patience.
Patience is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as the ability to remain calm and not become annoyed when dealing with problems or with difficult people or the ability to give attention to something for a long time without becoming bored or losing interest. There are many life circumstances that will make it okay to go back at another time, or dart away to your car, and patience won’t be needed. Yet, following your dreams and your career goals will take patience, persistent and perseverance.
Many people try to speed up their career paths trying to take short -cuts or not put in the work, but it gets them to limited or no success. Working towards what you want to accomplished each day and studying your craft at your own pace will help you get to where you want to go quicker than any short-cuts. It is easier to run fast when you are aware of the distance to the finish line compared to just running. Waiting for your chance to show your capabilities and the moment will present itself to offer you the chance you being waiting for to succeed with your dreams.