We spend a large part of our lives waiting.
Despite the hectic pace of our daily lives, it’s waiting for a bus, a train connection, a meeting or an appointment, or even a better life.
Often it is as absurd as in Samuel Beckett’s „Waiting for Godot.“ I have waited countless times for a bus connection in Munich and calculated how much of my life I waste on it and it was not insignificant.
In recent years I have thought a lot about waiting and have learned to appreciate it.
Often life is about making room for something you don’t know yet.
A new job, a new direction in life. Then I decided to make room, to end relationships, to quit jobs, even though nothing new was in sight yet. And then it is time to wait.
This time can be used to reflect on yourself and there is an art to accepting the time of waiting as something valuable.
To learn new things, be it through podcasts or books, to enjoy the moment and not to think about the waiting itself but about the time in the now and how it is given to you through waiting.
Suddenly that time makes sense and it’s not just a wasted life. Twenty minutes of meditation or short breathing space while waiting on a bus.
We often waste so much time on meaningless activity and waiting seems annoying but the attitude towards it changes everything.
Often it is the act of willing ourselves to spend time waiting that leads us to more freedom. Especially when we question relationships and activities that exist only for their own sake and we let them go.
It is difficult because we are afraid of the ‚empty‘ time, the time in which we do not know what to do with ourselves. Then it turns out that this time is necessary to learn more about ourselves.
The emptiness and the waiting can also prepare us for the new tasks and challenges we don’t know yet. It is important to get involved in it and to accept it and use it in these times.
I wish that we draw strength from the time of waiting instead of being angry about it and seeing it as wasted.
I wish that waiting is accepted as a possibility to live life in this so-called lost time.
Maybe a new adventure starts right there.