Hurry Up and Wait.
Words we all hate to hear yet live with daily.
In the past few years, these have been words we’ve been forced to live by.
Whether it is pandemics, travel, jobs, relationships – waiting is a forced aspect of everything in life.
Sometimes it is with eager anticipation as we await the good in life.
Birth, Weddings, moves, relationships, jobs, vacation, events – we wait for these positive occasions with joy and anxious anticipation.
On the other hand, we can be forced to hurry up and wait for news that we may not know if we want to hear about – some news could even be of the same variety of the list above, but have less positive implications.
Its all relative.
And its all a waiting game.
Lately, as the world enters this next phase or era – wait times seem to have grown exponentially longer.
As we eagerly step back into a more normal routine, everything is surrounded by a waiting period.
We have waited for so long to get back to the things we know and love and had made part of our routines – only to be forced to wait even longer.
Our commutes – for a day and age where more people have the option to adjust their hours or work from home, our commutes seem to have gotten that much longer when in theory, there should be less people on the road.
Travel – With the onslaught of people aching to get back out there to enjoy and explore, the influx of people has caused a drain on our travel systems.
Shopping – increase in demand on some of our most loved products, or even waiting for things that are new and improved.
Its like hoarding toilet paper all over again.
One week you go to the store and any number of things seem to be out of stock.
Almost everything has incurred this additional wait time, or ‘Covid grace period’.
And at the root of most issues is a common thread.
The world is short staffed.
Whether society has gotten used to collecting various methods in a bid to stay home as long as possible, or perhaps people have given up on settling – expecting only the very best from their employers and their jobs.
Walking off if the slightest inconvenience happens and taking the rest of the week to find something that better suits their needs at that given time.
The market is there for the unemployed.
Jobs are in abundance.
If anything, the one thing you probably wouldn’t have to wait for is a job offer as the world is actively hiring.
The newer generation, call them what you will, actively looks for the best bang for their buck so to speak.
The biggest paycheque with the least effort.
In a world seemingly run by youtube and other social media influencers – it almost seems easy to become someone who doesn’t have to leave the comfort of their parents basement as long as they actively throw creative content online for the literal millions of thumb scrolling followers.
They tell you not to settle for mediocracy. Empower your beliefs and ensure your worth is met.
For those in the older generations who worked to the bone – blood sweat and tears going into each work day because they’ve been brought up that the only way you can get anywhere is by going beyond that extra mile. We’re discovering that there are others who seemingly get in by luck or circumstance.
Frustrated by a workforce that dwindles in numbers every day because the world and society won’t settle for anything less than the best.
The generational gap is real.
However the mind set isn’t all wrong either.
Why should people settle?
Why should we settle?
We don’t settle when it comes to the products we bring into our homes.
We don’t settle for services when our hard earned dollars are paying for them.
Why would we settle when it comes to what we spend our working days on?
Why should we be treated ‘less’ when we deserve ‘more’?
However, why should we walk away at the first sign of discontent?
We’re all entitled to have days – good and bad. If we don’t put the effort in, how will anyone see our worth?
By putting in the time, and putting in the effort – only then can those around us truly see our value and our worth.
If we walk before others can see it, how are we setting up the best future for ourselves and those that follow in our footsteps?
While waiting may be something we’ve forced to become accustomed too – maybe there is something to be said about it.
Maybe there is value in being patient in an effort for the best things to come to fruition.
Maybe sometimes, we should just hurry up and wait.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna is the Office Manager at Sentinel Security, as well as the main blog contributor.
With foundations firmly routed in Business administration, Customer Service, and Management, she brings years of experience to her roles both within the Sentinel office, and the blog.
Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities.
Her passions include spending time with her husband and two young children, world travel, reading, writing, and pushing herself to always look for the silver lining.