On my list of Things I Can’t Stand, playing The Waiting Game is in the top five. And whenever I am looking forward to literally anything, it seems like time has slammed on the breaks, and The Waiting Game goes into overtime.
Don’t you just hate that?
When you know something is coming up, but everything around you seems to slow down? Like, you think two hours have passed, and then you check the clock, but only twenty-three minutes have passed?
It totally sucks.
And what is almost worse than that, is when you’re actually having a good time. It’s like time is running through all the red lights; you have no time to catch a breath, and bask in the moments passing, because you’re so caught up in them.
Why is that? Why can’t everything feel at normal speed? Why can’t I catch my breath? And more importantly, why does waiting suck so much?
People say that the best things in life are things worth waiting for. But in that waiting, you’re just counting down the months, weeks, days, and finally, minutes until It finally happens.
The Waiting Game sucks because when we know something is coming, we’re just sitting around, waiting. Things are much better being unknown, because then at least, we are living in the moment. We’re actually out, doing things, instead of sitting around, waiting for It to come around, whether it be a vacation, an outing, a holiday, etc.
Instead, here I am, sitting around, waiting for something to happen. Anything.
Epiphany: So maybe we don’t always know when something is coming, but we’re still playing The Waiting Game.
When I’m thinking short-term, I feel like the days stretch far and wide.
But when I’m thinking long-term, the last two years of my life have flown by.
Where am I even going with this? I’m not sure anymore. I’ve lost track on the Train of Thought.
What I do know is that time is sneaky. Even though it actually moves at a constant rate, it feels like it’s playing games on us. The things happening seem to fly right past us, and waiting for the next thing to come is taking forever.
I really hate The Waiting Game.
Prompt: When you’re giddy with excitement, does time speed up? Slow down? Tell us about the experience of anticipation.