As young children, we always want to rush ahead. We play games like “Life,” play dress-up to look like adults and try to pretend that we’re older than we really are.
We can’t wait to grow up.
We can’t wait until we’re in middle school, then in high school, then in college, then graduating college, and finally off into the real world.
Then, we are always chasing after the next step – The next promotion, the next apartment, and the next person to date (or marry). We always look ahead and never embrace the moment that we are currently in. And when we’re in a situation that isn’t quite to our liking, we want to escape it immediately or even just sit and complain about how unhappy we are.
But sometimes we forget that we have to learn how to crawl before we walk, learn to walk before we run, learn to run before we fly.
Instead of constantly trying to rush ahead, try slowing down instead and take a look around at where you are and how this is helping you become the person you are striving to be.
Everything we are and everything we do is a combination of how we were raised, the people we’ve met along the way, the environment we are in, and the experiences we’ve had. These factors are all pieces of the puzzle that is our life.
Wherever you are in life right now, embrace it. Embrace your struggles. Embrace your moments of weakness. Embrace the bad times. And even more so, embrace the good times.
You may want to be in a different situation, a better situation, a new situation, but first, you must learn how to handle the one that you are currently in.
Once you’ve done that, then you can teach yourself how to get to where you want to go next and who you really want to be.
In the words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”