Every few days I think about writing something over here, but then I open up the window and stare at a blank block for awhile before deciding my time would be better spent doing things like responding to work emails, catching up on my DVR or Google Reader, emailing a friend, or checking Facebook.
But not tonight! Tonight I’m in a hotel room in Baltimore for work. (Okay, technically I’m in Annapolis, which I found out is not exactly all that close to Baltimore when faced with no public transit or rental car. And yet? I love Annapolis! Such a cute town.)
So you know how life has peaks and valleys, and sometimes things are all rosey and rainbows and other times you either feel like laughing or crying at the ridiculousness and wonder just what else will go wrong? Well right now, I’m in a bit of a valley. Nothing seems to be going the way I had hoped, as I imagined in my mind, and while it’s not the end of the world, it’s still frustrating. I’m getting better at not letting it affect my mood because a negative attitude doesn’t help anyone, but I’d be lying if I said I was a patient person. I’m not. Never have been. I learned how to operate a VCR at age 2 because I didn’t want to wait to for my grandma to change out my videotapes. (Care Bears wait for no one!) I got a 29 on my ACT in high school, which is a decent score, but I didn’t even read the science portion, because I was tired and had cramps and didn’t want to sit in the chair any longer to finish it. (This one possibly cost me a state scholarship. But I’d like to think the nap I had after getting my hands on some super strength Midol was worth it.) I graduated college in 7 semesters instead of 8 because I was tired of sitting in classes when all I wanted to do was get out into the “real world” in a “real job.” (I never could rationalize how college trig would help me in my career in communications.)
Most people might look at these examples and think the real reason behind these actions was ambition. But in reality? It’s always been a lack of patience. Until now, so much of my life has been in my control. Or so I thought. If I didn’t like the way something was, I changed it. (Except for my weight, because as hard as I try to change that, I work really hard at eating right and working out for a week or two before I lose patience and give up.) Don’t like my job? I transferred departments. Don’t like my car? Bought a new one. Don’t like my friends? Made new friends. My neighbor’s dog starts barking at 11pm? I text her and tell her that Mr. McBarks-A-Lot would like to be let inside, please. (I used to just call animal control on her, but now that I have her phone number, I have no qualms about texting her. It’s better for everyone that way, especially me since it takes animal control for freakin’ ever to show up! <— See? No patience.)
Sometimes it takes me awhile to determine what it is that needs to change, but once I do, I devise a plan and set out to achieve it. And as long as every little move gets me closer to that overall goal, I keep my resolve and committment to change whatever it is I want to change. But when something is completely out of my control? I’m frustrated. I feel helpless. I start having conversations in my head, telling myself that God has a plan. That things happen (or don’t happen, as the case may be) for a reason.
And then I wait. Which requires patience. And we all know how good I am with being patient. (Reminder for those of you not paying attention: not at all.)
I was going to end this post asking for advice on practicing patience, but I’m bored and I don’t feel like finishing it properly. And it’s not like I have any control on whether or not you respond anyway. So…yeah.