How wonderfully you have grown since May of last year. – Morgan Harper Nichols
I believe it’s a fairly universal emotion for young adults to feel like we’re running out of time to accomplish our aspirations in life. Society glorifies the ‘30 under 30s’, painting these outliers are the vantage point for success.
Deadlines are important in keeping us accountable and productive. However, based on how I’ve planned my life (so far), everything has to be done by the time I’m 30… and that is where it stops.
If my recent encounter with a fairly serious injury (on my face) has taught me anything, it’s that time is the key to everything.
Time heals, and time is a great teacher.
The deep wounds that a bacterial infection inflicted on my nose took three weeks to heal. Deep scars took the place of these wounds, and day by day I noticed they are getting smaller, slowly lifting up, and generally getting less ostentatious. I am still healing.
I was so incredibly stressed during these three weeks because I had an upcoming trip to Spain. In addition to reasons grounded in vanity, I was nervous because I might be considered a potential health hazard by the Spanish government. However, prayers and a week-long course of fairly strong antibiotics worked, and the final scab fell off on the plane ride from Dubai to Madrid.
This experience taught me that healing takes time. It simply cannot be expedited and this applies wounds both physical and emotional in nature.
Time is necessary for us to heal from the habits, and mindset that hinder us from being completely ready to step up to the demands of our goals and dreams.
Time is a teacher
Much like the week-long, pretty strong, antibiotic + regular cleaning, medicating, and gauzing course that I had to do for the infection, healing habits and mindsets require proactive intervention.
Forming new habits (physical and mental) takes effort and commitment which might take weeks, even months. And as we go through these processes, we learn not just new and better ways of doing things, but also new dimensions in our identities.
Our greatest stumbling blocks,
Our threshold for pain,
Our grit levels,
Our why power,
How desperate we are for our goals,
What we really want out of life
Allow yourself some time to grow into the person needed by your dreams.
Time makes us worthy of the goals we’ve set out for ourselves.
Time makes us worthy of the person we aspire to be.
(Here are some photos from Thailand, taken on November 2018. Loy Krathong festival, Ayutthaya, and the incredible Wat Arun)