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I’m thirty years old. Ugh. I still don’t like the way that looks or sounds. However, it is what it is. I’m thirty years old and I keep finding myself in seasons of waiting. For the past 15 years, I have been constantly waiting on something. Have you ever felt like you are just bouncing from one wait to another? If so, it’s time to stop waiting and just enjoy life, right now.
Seasons of Waiting
I was waiting to get my driver’s license and then I was waiting to graduate high school. I was waiting to be an 18-year-old adult. A grown up (or at least I thought I was). I was waiting for college to finally be over. I was waiting to have a good paying job, so that I could have my own place.
Later on, I kept waiting to find the man, that I would marry. After he came along, I began waiting to be a mom.
There are probably a few things I was waiting on, that I left out, but I think you get the point.
Most of these things, that I so desperately waited for, have come to pass. Yet, here I am, back to waiting again. This time, things feel different, though. I think I finally understand the phrase, “The days are long, but the years are short.”
I’m starting to look back on previous seasons of waiting, with nostalgia. You know…”The good old days.” I’m wishing I hadn’t mentally rushed myself through those times. I should have stopped for a second and enjoyed the moment.
Something has finally clicked in my head. Maybe it’s because I’m thirty (ugh). Maybe, it’s because I have prayed for patience and wisdom, and God has helped to open my eyes. I don’t know why, but I’m done waiting.
Stop waiting. Just Live.
I think it’s time to start living.
Instead of looking at my watch, constantly. Instead of crossing days off my calendar, in anticipation of something. I want to enjoy each passing day for what it is. I want to take in the moments, as they happen, and not reminisce about them, after they are gone.
We can spend our entire lives, waiting on the next big thing to come, or we can make use of what we have, at this moment. After all, God has brought you here, for a reason. Don’t waste it. Don’t take it for granted.
I’m not saying you can’t look forward to something or set goals for yourself. But, let’s not get completely caught up in the future. Let’s try to focus as much energy, into the present, as we can.
So, while I wait on this lengthy adoption process, I will keep this in mind. I will enjoy alone time and date nights with my husband. Instead of craving the noise of a full home, I will take in the peace and quiet and savor it.
I will stop waiting and start living. I think you should, too.
Until next time!