Somethings are worth the wait but, how many things you wait for are not worth the wait? Opportunities simply slip away.
Waiting for others to initiate, waiting for something to get closer to you, waiting to start something, waiting for the new season, waiting for the right moment, and whether it happens or it doesn't perhaps it was just meant to be?
I've played the waiting game many times over and more often than not, I lost. I've waited too long and missed opportunities many more times than I've seized them.
I think about how many times in my life I've said to myself, "I'm going to do that, I can't wait for that, or, I wish I would have started sooner in life."
I realize that every time I've waited or not waited it was a choice I had made. I've also learned that playing the waiting game most of the time (with a few exceptions of course) would result in a loss.
When something is to get done, or something is to be achieved it is best to take immediate action. One of the best guided advice I've ever heard was, speed of implementation.
The most valuable currency in life is time. You often hear people say how life is short but, perhaps that's because so many people spend most of their time not living but, instead waiting. Think about it like money, you can either sit and wait for money to arrive or wait for a paycheck or you can get to work. Life is a lot like that. you can wait for things or you can go do the things. After all, the only way to do something is to do it.
If you spent more time doing the things you've spent so much time talking about, think about how much time you would actually have in your life? Perhaps then, life wouldn't seem so short? Maybe then life would seem much more fair with the time it gives you? I guess it all depends on how you decide to you use your time.
Seneca talks about this very thing in "On The Shortness Of Life" and ah, yes, I've heard this all before but, yet we still ponder on this very thing we as humans have been pondering on for thousands of years. Perhaps waiting for permission from someone or something to stop pondering and start living the life and experiences we want.
I remember the exact moment when I changed my decision making. It was in the martial arts. Before, I wanted to attend a seminar and waited for the teacher to come to my local area. It would be so much easier when they came to my town. It would be more cost effective, I wouldn't have to purchase a hotel room for multiple nights and spend the money on travel plus being in an unfamiliar place. So I decided to wait. The only thing is, the instructor never came to my town. Then, the instructor stopped traveling all together! I felt so cheap and defeated in myself that I couldn't work up the courage and financially plan and instead I missed such an opportunity. This is when my mind shifted.
I remember feeling pretty miserable. I decided, I would never wait for another opportunity again and that I would take action to start creating my own opportunities. I started putting away a little bit of money each paycheck for my "seminar fund" and prepared myself to travel wherever I would have to go in order to train. I got tired of waiting only for disappointment in myself. I thought, never again. Twice, I was burned in life from what I felt were great opportunities (I'll talk about the other one another time, which was my absolute life changing moment!) Both of these times were my fault for relying on waiting.
No more waiting for the stars to align. How would I really know who things are "supposed" to be aligned for me anyway? Maybe life isn't about that in most areas (again, with a few exceptions.) Perhaps life is meant to be lived with courage. Even Aristotle put the virtue of courage at the top of his list. Through courage maybe life wouldn't seem so short?
Maybe instead of fearing death from a short life we should fear not living well and courageous enough from the life we are given?