Getting older…and impatient


I think I’m figuring it out…why older people are more impatient.  I’m pretty sure that this is a thing that we all recognize.  Just check out the grocery stores, the oil change places, drugstores, etc.  I think we’ve all witnessed events where an elderly person is a bit (?) impatient or gruff with a salesperson or another customer.  I have always just sort of half-smiled, shook my head and felt sorry for whoever it was that was dealing with it.  I think it’s just accepted that older people are going to be that way someday and assume it just happens as part of aging.

Well, now that I’m starting to be a bit more impatient myself, I feel a little differently about it.  I like to believe that I was mostly tolerant of this behavior when I encountered it, but now I think I’m a little more understanding as well.  When you’re younger, you have all the time in the world…to go to school, hang out with friends, and maybe get a job.  You get a little older, head off to college to have more fun (and prepare for a career) or join the workforce and learn how to combine your work life with the rest of your life.  Sometime after that, you may have a family of your own or have different social groups, other family, etc., that keep you busy.  We’re all still pretty tolerant here, just getting along taking care of whatever it is we need to take care of.  For about the next 40 years, we work hard at everything we do, manage work, family, personal lives, finances, and health issues.  We do the best that we can and just know that, eventually, all of our hard work will pay off and we’ll be happy, retire, and enjoy the rest of our lives. Continue reading “Getting older…and impatient”

Do You Have the Patience to Be Patient?

It’s said that being patient is a virtue. Is it really or is it just a good idea?  According to Wikipedia:  A virtue is a trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being.

 I’m not sure that morals have anything to do with being patient, but everyone around me seems to be striving to attain this trait.  It’s supposed to be healthy, lengthen your lifespan, make you an easier person to be around, and help your heart.  So I figured I should try to be virtuous … and patient.

I’ve tried and I’ve tried to be patient over the years, but have never quite succeeded.  When I was young, I wanted to be old.  When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be in high school.  When I was in high school, I wanted to hurry up, get married, and be an adult.   Finally, I wanted my babies to hurry up and grow out of each phase and into the next…until they did.  You get the idea. Continue reading “Do You Have the Patience to Be Patient?”