When Patience Isn't Always A Virtue

When Patience Isn’t Always A Virtue

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When I was younger, my Grandfather always told me, “If you have enough money to buy something you want, buy it. The opportunity may never present itself again.” He would tell the story about the Jaguar (the car, of course) he never bought. He had enough money to buy the
Jaguar but chose not too. Instead, he bought a Buick (no offense to Buick), and he said it was the worse decision of his life.

When I turned 25, I treated myself to my first Louis Vuitton handbag. Louis Vuitton is quite pricey, but I had the money for it. I kept reciting in my head what my Grandfather said, and I didn’t feel as guilty when I got that final total.

It is often said that patience is a virtue. Waiting for something makes it even more special. I don’t like to wait. I am a “live at the moment / do it now” type of girl. If there is a place I want to go to, I make every effort I can to get there. If I want a fancy handbag or nice pair of shoes, I will
make sure I buy it and not put it off. Of course, this is not always feasible, and there are many places on my “Photo Bucket List” or my “Life Bucket List” that I want to get to.

However, as everyone knows, our world is not the same as it was a year ago. Heck, it’s not the same place it was six months ago or in the weeks before Christmas. SO much has changed, and, to be honest, I never thought I would live in the situation, so many of us are now. However, it is what it is, and we cannot change what is happening. We need to learn to accept the fact that we live in a world of uncertainty. There is a new normal–one that many may not want to adjust to.

The things we used to do and the places we used to visit have substantial restrictions. But, we, as a society, have gone through other major life-changing events and have come out strong– September 11th, the recession of 2008, natural disasters, and riots. We will get through the COVID-19 pandemic as well. It may not feel like it now, but we will look back in years to come and say, “We did it.”

But, for now, I was hoping you could think about all the things you always wanted to do and all the places you ever wanted to see. Close your eyes and imagine the places you want to visit and the things you want to do. Maybe you want to visit Paris or go on a safari. Perhaps you want to skydive or go whale watching on the St. Lawrence. Write them down.

Make a bucket list. Plan to do it and get it done! With everything that is going on today, I feel that we should become a “do it now” society. Of course, not at this instance because it is not safe for our health. But once this pandemic is over and our lives resume, do what you always wanted to do. For me, and this may sound silly, I have always wanted to visit Longwood Gardens.

I kept putting it off for one reason or the other, but now I fear I may never get the chance to go there. We cannot live in a “someday” or a “maybe one-day” realm of the world because, hey, “someday” may never come.

So as you sit in your homes, social distancing, and staying healthy, think about what you have always wanted to do and pick up when the “play button of life” is hit and life resumes.