Waiting Too Long
Start writing a post

Waiting Too Long

What if our lives are escaping us?

Waiting Too Long

"What if?"

The two words that have plagued me for as long as I can remember. The "What ifs?" that tell me to wait for the perfect moment, to wait for a better idea, have no regard for a future. They are simply a voice of caution in a world more dangerous than we admit, yet made worse by our own inaction.

In this life, we are encouraged to live safely, yet thousands die in preventable ways. We are encouraged to love without fear, yet I find myself living as a member of a cold-blooded people. Our values and goals have become inverted, putting death around the corner and love into myth. Maybe it is the fact that when the adrenaline hits, safety is forgotten, explaining the unending accidents in the world. And what if people are not open anymore because of "what if?"

What if we were hurt in the past? What if what we thought was love was something else? What if we are afraid of letting go of someone? What if we are afraid of letting someone in? To be...ourselves, unfiltered. What if someone sees the real you and doesn't like who they see? What if you lower your guard and someone sees how broken you really are? What if you waited too long, and you never know what could have been?

In terms of physical safety, what if is the greatest thing since hand rails. If no one thinks about the damage that their actions could cause, then this world would be a lot crispier. But the frustrating thing about people is that we are not simple creatures. Yes, we are motivated by pain and instincts, but there is so much more to life that cannot be put into simple terms. And it is times when the complicated things go unsaid, that other kinds of damage are caused. When a word of comfort is withheld, and a friend turns to other means to cope with pain. When a compliment is bitten back in fear of sounding too soft. When love is never given a chance to burn, and the world becomes that much colder for it.

Why? Why do we stay silent about the wrong things? Why do we find it so cathartic to complain and get angry over foolish things or lose our minds in the endless memes and clickbait that dominates media? Why do our pastimes involve doing nothing but scrolling as if we are waiting for life to happen on-screen when it is literally passing us by? As I have entered adulthood, I regularly find myself drifting into that oblivion of scrolling; looking at images I forget the second after I see them. It's sickening.

We spend our lives waiting, passing the time until something happens. Bad news, nothing is going to happen unless we try. Because as humans, we are afraid. We fear the unknown, the "what if?". What if we are afraid of living? Death is effortless if we wait, living requires action.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments