The Waiting Game…

♫ Wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’
Plannin’ and dreamin’ each night of his charms
That won’t get you into his arms

So if you’re lookin’ to find love you can share
All you gotta do is
Hold him and kiss him and love him
And show him that you care ♪


Original photo by Mr. Pikachu – adapted by Writer’s Caravan (CC BY-NC-SA)

Now let’s work on this song.

I want you to imagine something you want really bad, so bad it seems impossible to envision an alternative. It may be the love or respect of one person, a new car, a better job, a published novel, a trip to *insert your dream destination*. And it maybe more complex and difficult to achieve – a stable and healthy environment, a more confident attitude, a nurturing relationship…

Really think about it.

Now I want you to imagine how that would feel. The thought of it, the implications it would have on your emotions, your mood, your everyday life. What would be the biggest difference? What would change instantly? Would you feel more complete? More fulfilled? Maybe what you want is not for yourself. If this were my mum, her first go-to wish would inevitably be for me. If you’re a parent, maybe you had a similar thought. How would that wish impact your child’s life?

And now… I want you to imagine you have done everything you possibly could towards this goal. You have worked hard and given your best. You’ve written 5 drafts of your novel and you’ve polished it 10 times more, you’ve drafted more query letters than you can remember and read more how-to books than your shelf can support. You’ve emailed every agent and publisher on your list and even beyond your list.

You have done e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

So what’s next?  What’s next is called “the waiting game”. The most excruciating stage of all. The most inevitable stage of all. Because of course, there is always going to be some waiting involved. Waiting for exam results, for test results, for a phone call, for an acceptance letter. Waiting for news. Good news.

How do you deal with that? You keep busy, your get on with the daily chores and you get on with the many tasks on your to-do list. You get on with your life with that false pretence that if the news you’re waiting for are not good, there is always something else you can do. And of course there is. But right now, you don’t want anything else. You want this. And guys, I want this job.

As if the first interview wasn’t motivating enough, the second one left me craving for more. More days like those spent working on the design task, creating spaces in my mind and giving them life on paper. More days like those, fulfilling and worth getting up for, challenging and creative.

Interior architecture can be so fulfilling and I am only standing at the tip of the iceberg.

Can the end of the week hurry up already? Patience is a virtue and mine is being pushed to the limit.


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11 responses to “The Waiting Game…

  1. Pingback: 7 clichés about failure and success | A Writer's Caravan·

  2. I was going to agree with you that waiting is awful. Then I read your last comment to Geoff. Waiting is horrible. Not getting what you want at the end of it is even worse. I’m so sorry. I hope 2016 brings you what you are looking for. Xxx

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