Why is it that I always want to BE there and struggle to stay in the pleasure of GETTING there? I’m like a petulant child on a long road trip constantly bugging from the back seat: Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Kinda just want to turn around and slap myself…but in today’s day and age that would get me a call to the CPS, or wait, I’m not a child, just acting like one.
Ok, ok, calm down everyone, I’m not condoning violence or making light of slapping children (even though…nope, not gonna finish that either, that would get me into more hot water with some of you…).
But seriously, how tough is it to enjoy the process? I always want to have the task accomplished, the puzzle finished, the taxes done, the road trip completed, the sentence ended with the punctuation.
But the truth is, it’s never over…we are never done. Well, of course until there is the final completion when we are either a pile of ashes or pushing up daisies, whatever your preferred method after passing on should be.
So, what’s the friggin rush? Has society of instant gratification, information at our fingertips, pushed us to the point where we don’t even enjoy a good debate over who won Super Bowl 23 for more than ten seconds before someone has googled it and proudly shout out the answer because they have the fastest fingers? For some us, we remember when that debate would last for hours, the non-sensical, mostly ridiculous recollections (that were dominated by inaccurate facts conjured up by intoxication and bravissimo) spun out of one-upmanship. Then the next day you find out the truth and deny you ever defended your preposterous claims from the night before. Only to recall those memories years later reminiscing on some of the best times with friends and family.
Ah, the good ole days before we were beholden to battery life and facts, lol.
So what journey are you on that you are in too much of hurry that you are missing out on the twists and turns that hold so much of the learnings? What are you rushing past so quickly that you are whisking by the little nuggets that would become those fun memories to share when you are a couple of decades longer in the tooth?
Take a moment and look around, right now, at what you are smack dab in the middle of which seems overwhelming that you wish was ‘over just about now’ and look for the fragments of joy that might be hiding behind the rush to finish. You just might surprise yourself.