We live in a world where everything is instantly available to us. Instant noodles, instant microwave dinners, instant messages, instant updates, live streams, same-day shipping— you name it. So it’s only natural for our patience to wear so thin over time that we are left unable to even process the slightest bit of delay. There’s no reason why I’m talking about this today. I just felt like this was something that a lot of people needed to hear, myself included.
I find my patience running out way too often over insignificant things, and it really makes me think why I can’t have better control over my need for just being done with things. For the last few weeks, I’ve had not much to do except to sit and read. I’ve dabbled in a few comics and fan-fictions, and they all just happen to be updated irregularly. So there’s no way for me to really know when the next update comes out. And being a very fast reader, I finish reading the latest updates as soon as they come out, and spend my time waiting for the next update cursing myself.
It’s only today, as I was catching up on the latest update, that I realized how impatient I was becoming. I can’t really say I like this version of myself. Maybe it is because I don’t get to step out of my home anymore, maybe it’s the summer heat getting to my head and making me cranky, I can’t tell. But what I do have to say here is that I think it’s beautiful to be able to wait for something (or perhaps, a someone, hint-hint!) and love it just as much. I can’t really put that feeling into words, but I can tell you that it’s pretty much the best thing ever.
It is as though some of us can’t even imagine what the world used to be like before we had everything in our hands as soon as we could snap our fingers. Not that having things instantly is a bad thing. It is a very necessary progress that the world has made. However, I don’t necessarily like the side effects that this has left us with. There is this need that we all have for content that is ready on-demand; the idea of having to wait through a hiatus due to the current situation is making us all so antsy.
All I can say is that maybe it is a good thing to slow down, every now and then. Stop and smell the roses or whatever, you know? There is no race to be run. And not to be an ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ person here, but maybe there is some sort of truth to it. Waiting for something can be really hard. It really does test your patience. But I think that with all of us trying to rush things ahead, times that actually make us wait for something come as a good reality check.
Maybe it’s time for us to think about how exactly we ended up this impatient.
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