The average human spends more time waiting than one might originally think.
We wait for texts, classes to start, payday and the delivery man to bring our packages. If you have done anything in life, chances are you have waited for it at least for a few minutes.
By the time you begin reading this, I can guess you’re already waiting for the weekend. Maybe you’re waiting for the next chance to binge-watch your favorite Netflix show or to ask that special someone out.
According to a Texas A&M study reported by MSN, the average American waits roughly 38 hours each year in traffic alone. That number can add up well beyond 60 if the person lives in a highly populated city.
No matter where we are in our lives, we are always waiting for something, but are we realizing what is going on around us?
For the past four years, I have eagerly awaited the day I would graduate college. I wanted to graduate within four years, and I acted accordingly.
Now that April 7 at 5:45 p.m. is in mind, I constantly think about life beyond graduation.
Since my engagement, I have been waiting for six months to get married. (We have about 100 days left in case you were wondering.)
We often look back at “the good ol’ days” and remember when life was simpler. Drinking juice boxes to your heart’s content, playing outside until your parents call you in and calling your friends on the phone, to name a few. Even in those simple days, we waited for the days when we would become adults. We wanted to have more authority and independence. Now, most of us wish we had that time back.
Are we recognizing those moments in our lifetime? The smallest moments may end up being the ones we want back the most; however, we can’t reclaim the time we waited away.
Don’t wait until Monday to start that new diet; start now. Don’t wait until graduation to find a job; start now. Don’t wait for marriage to feel like you can be happy; start now.
As I begin my last walks through campus, late-night homework nights and days as a campus employee, I find myself wishing I could start again. I don’t have many regrets about my college experience, but I spent so much time looking forward to April 7 that I forgot to enjoy the college experience a little more. My waiting taught me to take every moment I can and soak it in.
It might seem cliche, but everyday moments — seemingly normal moments — can change instantly.
As you wait for the next big thing in life — marriage, graduation, a child’s birth, etc. — take the time in-between to realize what you do have around you. We often hear that once the moment is gone, we will never get that back.
Take pictures, write journals and make memories as you wait. Print out your social media feeds and document them. Otherwise, when the time comes, we won’t remember all the things and events we waited for. We are going to remember those small, irreplaceable moments in-between the big moments.
John Mayer once said, “We keep waiting on the world to change.”
What will you do while you wait?