Patience = Overrated?…

Okay. I know. Patience is supposed to be this great virtue that we all should have in our lives. And believe me, I can’t tell you how much I admire people who are patient. Those who are willing to take their time and wait for good things to come their way astound me. Karma? Psssh.

I am a terribly impatient person. I like things to be the way I want them when I want them, and when they’re not, I try my hardest to fix it—to make it the way I want it. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes things go my way and everything is dandy. And sometimes I rush through things and they don’t turn out how they should have in the first place.

One thing I learned when I first started writing is that it takes a lot of patience…oftentimes more than I am used to requiring of myself normally. The writing process is just that—a process—it takes time and takes revision. The industry is slow, the research is slow, the waiting for people to read your work is slow. All of it takes time.

Because I am terribly impatient, I’ve found that sometimes starting a new project while another one is on the burner is a good way to keep occupied. Having something going on besides that one project you are working on helps a lot. I’ve tried to do that in my non-writing life, as well.

Being patient is not easy. And waiting is not easy. And when you want to fix things, you want to fix things as quickly as possible so you can move on. But sometimes you just need to wait for the good things to come. You need to take a step back and wait for things to fall into place.

Do you struggle with being patient? What has worked for you in overcoming impatience?

♪ Arcade Fire – The Suburbs – Ready to Start ♪

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