“Wait! Be patient!”
These are words I often heard when I was a child. I learned to wait until everyone in the family was ready to go on an outing. I learned to wait until I was old enough to watch an interesting programme on TV. I learned to wait until everyone had finished eating their meal before I could go back to the book I was immersed in. As I grew older, my patience took on an added dimension: I had to wait until I could save enough money to go to Paris (my dream trip), and I had to wait until I had the means to buy my own car. After my marriage, I waited for our application to move to Canada to be accepted, my accreditation by the Ontario College of Teachers to be completed, an interview with the TDSB to be offered, a permanent teaching position to be a reality.
I am still expected to wait. But as I grew older, I learned to be more patient while I wait. I learned to reign in my impatience and wait when my young toddlers took 20 minutes to go outside in the winter snow. I learned to swallow my frustration as I waited to get a call for an interview with the school board. And I have learned to smile and carry on as I wait for my family to be where I would like them to be.
So I wait and learn patience. And while being patient, do not give up on my hopes and dreams.
Have you learned to be patient?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
(This post is linked to the Five Minute Friday challenge. The prompt this week is wait.)