So much of our lives are spent waiting. We are often waiting for something that can bring about significant change.
Top awaited moments that come to mind include:
- waiting to get your ears pierced (I think I was about 13 for this)
- waiting for a love interest to call you back
- waiting for driver’s license (what says freedom more than that?!)
- waiting to move out of mom & dad’s house (and then move back in after college – but just for 1 month)
- waiting to move into your own place that is NOT a dump
- waiting to get engaged, married, start a family
- waiting for naptime or bedtime (once you have kids!)
- waiting for vacation (at ANY age)
- waiting for job related interviews, call backs, offers, raises
Because you’re waiting, you can often find an excuse to not do something else, thinking I don’t want to commit to X if I heard back from Y and will be busy then. Waiting doesn’t feel all that productive to me. It gives a chance for your mind to wander to so many “what-if” scenarios. Waiting feels reactive, sitting on the sidelines, instead of being in the middle of the game as a proactive player.
While I wait for my job search to move along, I remind myself that it NEVER happens as quickly as you’d wish it would. My speed versus company speed are often FAR apart! While I wait, I am reminded of the silly dating rule, when you wait a few days before calling someone back. Do people still do that?! I don’t feel I can call too soon, but know I need to proactively follow up to re-emphasize my interest.
While I play the waiting game, I am okay to enjoy my current job as MOM. I am trying my best to shake off the “worry of waiting” and remind myself to just live in the present, because the present I have is pretty incredible. It was after all, what I had waited 29 years for: being blessed with my beautiful family.