When it comes to navigating a life, there’s contradictory impulses. On the one hand, we understand that good things take time. If I want to master X, I must spend a lot of time studying it, doing it, examining it, working with it. On the other hand, we understand that our time is finite. That the candle of life can be snuffed out by the lightest breeze of fortune. For example, I’ve made it my priority to read and write. That is what I want to spend my days doing. But, in the long-term, it makes sense for me to sacrifice some time reading and writing now so that I can read and write more later.
It’s a tug of war between immediacy and the future, between patience and urgency. We have the time to accomplish all that we dream of, all that we desire. A life is decades long. But not always. Sometimes it is cut short. So we have no guarantee that we have the time.
Patience or urgency. Which do we choose?