Is It Time To Stop Waiting?

“Are you ready?” Klaus asked finally.
“No,” Sunny answered.
“Me neither,” Violet said, “but if we wait until we’re ready we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, Let’s go.”
― Lemony SnicketThe Ersatz Elevator

In the world of cancer, we are always waiting for results.

After we enter the world of post treatment … we continue to wait … often fearful that the cancer will return when our backs are turned, our fingers slipping off some undefined pulse that we cannot constantly monitor.  We live with the reality that there is no cure for cancer.  We hope that the  odds will remain in our favor and that, in the end, we will “beat the house.”

Whenever I think about waiting, about watching, about the uncertainty of being alive, I think of one of my favorite plays, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.  It’s a story of staying in one place, waiting … waiting … waiting.

{last lines]

Vladimir: Well? Shall we go?

Estragon: Yes, let’s go.

[they do not move]

The characters are stuck in their waiting and meanwhile life is continuing. This is the danger of getting stuck in waiting for what may or may not happen. I can certainly tell myself a scary story and what I know is that these stories only take me away from living my life fully in each moment. Whatever time we have is much too precious to waste.  Sometimes we just need to go.

How do you keep yourself waiting?

Are you holding yourself back from being fully alive?

When you think about moving on, “going for it”, what comes into your mind?

Go for it!