“Wait For It”
I think we’ve all had moments where we’ve seen friends and colleagues zoom past us, either to success, or to marriage, or to homeownership, while we lingered where we were—broke, single, jobless. And you tell yourself, “Wait for it.” -Lin-Manuel Miranda
I came across this quote a few weeks ago, around the time that the Hamilton Cast Album was being streamed on NPR as an gift from the creator himself, Mr. Lin-Manuel Miranda. Despite this explanation referring to events that happen to people who are typically in their mid twenties-thirties, I still felt it pin-pointed things that I have been feeling a lot this past semester, especially when listening to the song this quote is referring to. (Link to the song at the bottom of this post!)
It’s so easy to feel like everyone around you is advancing while you’re stuck in a rut you can’t shake and are so desperately waiting to get out of. It makes it hard to feel genuinely excited and happy for those people that are participating and living their life when you feel sad, indifferent, or like you’re missing out from living your own life. It’s easy to add exclamation points to try and force yourself to be genuinely excited for those people when you’re talking with them. Sometimes it’s just hard.
It’s hard to watch as other people are working in activities that they are passionate about and are ones that fuel their creativity when you’re feeling stuck in your part time job and can’t conjure up any idea that sparks that little flame inside of you to get yourself feeling motivated again. When others are out traveling across different countries and are seeing the world that you so desperately long to explore but are landlocked to the same suburban town, it’s difficult to think that you will be able to find your way out.
So we wait for it.
This brings me back to the quote I referenced at the beginning of this post regarding the song “Wait For It” from Hamilton. Ever since reading this explanation by Lin-Manuel Miranda, I could’t help but feel a personal connection with the idea. This only intensified by a million percent after listening to the song (that I couldn’t turn off for thirty minutes straight).
“I’m not falling behind or running late/I’m not standing still I am laying in wait”
I think this is incredibly important to remember when you’re feeling like you are missing out in life, especially when it is so easy to compare yourself to the success or progress of others that surround you. Yes, others can be seen as friendly competition, inspiration, influences or guides of how you want to live your life, but you cannot let other peoples’ achievements alter how you view yourself. Everyone moves at different paces. Other people’s success is not your failure. Things will work out eventually.
“I am the one thing in life I can control/I am inimitable I am an original.”
You are you. Just because someone else may be succeeding in one aspect of their life does not mean that you aren’t succeeding in areas of your own. This could be physically, financially, artistically…anything. Don’t cloud yourself with negative critiques and opinions of yourself that you might place into your head as a result of this. Work to keep the toxic energy and thoughts out in order to help keep your focus clear of who you are and where you want to be in life.
Until then, keep on keeping at it. Sometimes you just have to wait for it.
“I’m willing to wait for it.”