“Good things come to those who wait.” Do you agree? How long is it reasonable to wait for something you really want?
Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader of Myanmar waited almost 23 years before she could assume office, facing house arrest for most parts of those oppressive years. The late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years before he could see the reality of running the country as President of South Africa. These two very significant persons who made world history proved that good things come to those who wait. However, I do not think their incredibly long waiting period was reasonable at all.
I do believe that some things take time to come to fruition and we need to be patient to wait for it to take place as we nurture or take the necessary steps to see it happen.
My nephew had to enlist for National Service as shown in the photo above. He had to go through it for two years before he can proceed with his university studies. So in a way he had to wait by serving the country in the military before he can pursue his tertiary education. To him, this is a very long wait and he would count down his days and is happier as the day is drawing nearer. Unfortunately, like many boys or young men who have to serve their National Service, it was never a reasonable wait. It was mainly a deprivation of their time.
One of my hobbies is fishing. The above photo was one of the rare few boat fishing that we went near the shores of Singapore. We spent 4 hours out and caught nothing. There were many people I know who do not fish and they would say to me, “Fishing is a waste of time!” or “I don’t understand why people want to hold a fishing rod, wait for ages and usually catch nothing. Might as well go to the market.” However, I agree that “Good things come to those who wait.” in this boat outing as we had a wonderful time chatting with each other and moving about in the small boat along our shores to catch the breeze and see the sights around our island. It was such a pleasant and relaxing time as we cast and wait for fish to bite. Even though we caught nothing, we had a wonderful time together.
On another occasion, I fished by the shore and this was what I landed:
So I do not agree that “Good things come to those who wait.” in this context as I didn’t have to wait for this fella who chomped on my live prawn bait soon after it hit the water. How long is it reasonable to wait for something you really want? I can never tell when I am fishing 🙂