Patience or Procrastination?

A man who spends time with a woman he fancies and does not speak his intentions will serve drinks to guests at her wedding.

Three years ago, it became clear to me that I needed to make a certain move. This was a move that would require me to leave my comfort zone firmly behind me and get comfortable with discomfort. It was also a move that would have seen me adapt to my new circumstances and thrive, though I may have struggled a bit initially. I took the first steps in line with what I saw as my next big thing, but I did not see it to the end. I don’t know why, but I left it. And it didn’t make any sense at the time, but I remember rationalizing it to myself by telling myself that it was not yet time. I thought I would do it the next year, but somehow I didn’t. Last year, I was having too much fun in my comfort zone to even think about it. Thankfully, this year I got pushed to make the move and I cannot shake the feeling that I should have done this sooner. In addition to this feeling that I can’t shake, I’ve got to watch others do the thing that I should have done and do really well at it.

This was a reminder that the world does not sit and wait while I take my sweet time implementing my action plans. And by the way, this thing I keep referring to as ‘waiting for the opportune time’ is not patience. It’s procrastination. Someone ought to call me on the phone and tell me that. I know the play, so I should just run it. The circumstances will never be perfect. The opportune time is now.

Seize the day. Carpe diem.


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