In this era of oversharing our lives on the Internet, we are constantly comparing our lives to others. We compare how happy we are (or pretend to be for social media), our love lives, our friendships, our achievements, how far we are in life, how much money we have etc.
Amidst all this comparison, we start to say things that degrade the lives we are living.
"I can't wait to get married."
"I can't wait to graduate."
"I can't wait to get out of here."
What we are doing when we say we can't wait for something is saying that all the time we are impatiently waiting for what is next. We are constantly thinking only about tomorrow or next year or 10 years from now.
Putting all of our thoughts and hopes into the future leaves little for the present.
There's nothing wrong with not being married yet. Maybe you need to go through some life events before you're even ready to get married. Maybe you should focus on being financially stable before you worry about finding someone to spend the rest of your life with.
There's nothing wrong with going through the process it takes to earn a degree and graduate. I understand that it is stressful, requires hard work and sometimes, that piece of paper with your degree on it seems to be so far away.
But it's really not.
Four years, two years, eight years, six years, however many years you have to go to school to get the degree you want isn't that much time in the grand scheme of your life. Enjoy your struggle and live in it. Once you're done, you're done.
There's nothing wrong with living somewhere you dislike for longer than you'd like. Surely you could meet more people that you get along with and make the most out of the time you're stuck there. Living somewhere you hate can give you more appreciation for living somewhere you love eventually.
And, if you truly cannot wait any longer and you can't seem to sit back and enjoy the path your life takes you on to get where you want to be, take action. Take an extra class over the summer so you can graduate earlier. Get on dating websites and apps. Start looking into how you can move to somewhere else.
Make things happen if you can't wait for them.
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