"if an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi." -Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence(2003)

Waiting for Godot

Of the time i have been allocated on this planet, most is spent waiting.

Here is a typical day:
  • waiting for the car to warm up
  • waiting for traffic signals
  • waiting in traffic
  • waiting for public transport
  • waiting for the public transport to reach destination
  • waiting for the elevators
  • waiting for the machine to boot
  • waiting for reply to emails
  • waiting for programs to build & compile
  • waiting for webpages to load
  • waiting for the other party to answer the phone
  • waiting for the microwave to warm up food
  • waiting for my turn in the queue at the shop counter
  • waiting for the coffee machine to brew
  • waiting for the time to go back home
  • waiting for a gap in vehicles to cross the road
  • waiting for someone to open the fron door
  • waiting for the tap to dispense hot water
  • waiting for food to cook
  • waiting for hot food to cool down before storing it in the refrigerator
  • waiting for time to pass after dinner so that i can sleep
  • waiting for Lord Hypnos to bless me
  • ...
and so it goes (the time, i mean).

If i take a wider view, there are other, err ... events, for lack of a better word (my vocab sux), that i am waiting for.
  • waiting for the paycheck
  • waiting for the project to end
  • waiting for interview calls
  • waiting for a good job offer
  • waiting for new project to begin
  • waiting for some windfall to get latest gadgets
Even wider view,
  • waiting for 'someone special'
  • waiting for a life i'll spend doing things my way
  • waiting for the bank balance to get to 'comfortable' levels
  • waiting for a peaceful easy life
  • ...
While i have read all kinds of advice on 'not waiting for things to change and enjoying life in the present' and all that jazz, waiting is all that prevails.

I don't mind waiting; just that realising the the futility of it all in the ultimate certainity makes me feel even more exasperated.

Tick tock tick tock tick tock...


  1. thats a long list to come up with ... how long long did it take for you to list down them?
    i used to be a lot patient but lately i too loose it at times when I have to wait for things to happen or just wait in general ... great post :)

  2. @ashishlin
    :) Not that long actually. yeah. we're up big time against patience.
    hang on in there, i'm holding on too...


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