Instant gratification is stressing me out. A better way to put it would be the lack of instant gratification is stressing me out. I looked up how to microwave rice last night and was disappointed it would take 25 minutes. Seriously. I wasn’t even that hungry but I opted for leftovers because microwaving rice took too long. This is pathetic.

The art of patience has left the building. Everywhere we look instant service is on the rise. We fast forward through commercials, have our meals delivered, binge watch seasons of television, and scream at a YouTube video if it buffers for longer than half a second. Don’t get me wrong, I am just as guilty as anyone else of all of these things and more. I have major road rage if people don’t start driving as soon as the light turns green.

The sad thing is it seems we try this approach in life itself as well. I find myself wishing my single days would fly by so I could be with someone. Wishing my life away instead of living it fully. We think if we could just get through this stage in life and finally hit the next rung on the ladder things would be great. The grass is always greener on the other side and we want the other side NOW! But we miss so much that is happening in this moment.

This stage of life is not something to take for granted. We are not promised that we will reach the “next step” whatever that may be. You can spend your life wishing it would fly by and end up wishing you had it back in the end. When we are young we do not realize how precious time is, how little of it we have.

Time is one of the few things we cannot replace. Once it is gone it is gone forever and there is nothing you or I or anyone can do about it. It is more precious than gold. Especially because no one knows how much time they have left. Shouldn’t we treat it that way?

Rushing through life does us no good. There will always be another step before us that we are striving to reach, and another after that, and another after that. Why not reach for your goals and still appreciate the moment you have now? Enjoy the journey just as much as the destination. You will never have a moment of your life to redo or experience again, so live each one with that in mind. By all means have goals and work for them, just remember not to hurry your life away.

Seriously though, the extra twenty seconds probably won’t kill you.

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