They say that Gen-Y are the instant gratification generation, we want everything and we want everything now. I can relate to that, I’ve often had the desire for immediacy myself.
Maybe it’s a sign of maturity (here’s hoping), but I’ve really come to appreciate lately that I don’t need to have everything now, that I can wait, and that it’s ok to wait. In fact, it’s often better to wait for what we want, and to just appreciate what we have in the moment.
Maybe it’s the perspective of aging: the older you get, the more time you have to look back on and reflect, ‘look at all the things that happened in the past ten years, imagine what is going to happen in the next ten years!’ Not that I’m saying I’m old, just that, like everyone, I’m growing older.
I now appreciate more the idea of ‘a little each day’. Life doesn’t have to be all or nothing. For example, while I would like to wile away the hours crafting, one row of knitting is sufficient (two is a bonus). I no longer need a whole block of time to do something I enjoy (although as I said on Tuesday, DH and I have agreed to give each other a whole block of time each week). And, by the end of the week, I may have done seven rows of knitting (which is seven more rows than what I would have done if I had waited for a block of time to do seven rows, if you know what I mean).
We want to renovate our yard. I would love to hire a little digger to come and do it all in an hour or two, but our funds don’t stretch that far, so we are digging it out one load at a time, one week at a time. It’s slow work that will take many months, but the yard is already looking better. Imagine what it will look like if we do nothing at all because we felt that a little at a time wasn’t worth the effort.
Results are gradual. And I have the time to wait. There are other things to enjoy in the meantime.
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.