Process of waiting

“Sometimes what we learn and who we become in the process of waiting is even more important than what we were waiting for.” I know this is true, but dang if I don’t hear myself saying, “I can’t wait until…” an awful lot these days. This season of life, with small kids, seems like it involves an awful lot of waiting. Waiting until they sleep through the night, waiting until they walk, waiting until they are potty trained. Sometimes it feels like most of my life right now is waiting. But I’ve noticed that in the middle of all this waiting is where life really happens. Where growth happens, for me and my kiddos. Anyone else notice this too?

Sometimes what we learn and who we become in the process of waiting is even more important than what we were waiting for

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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