I’ve always thought of myself as a patient person. But in the last two weeks, I’ve realised I’m not as patient as I initially thought.
That’s not to say I’m impatient. I’ve met plenty of people who were much less patient than me, always desiring immediate results in everything they do. For most part, I don’t mind waiting at all.
However, I’ve recently learned a thing or two about this virtue we call ‘patience.’
The first thing that struck me was I’m much more patient when waiting for results if the effort needed to gain these results is something that I enjoy. I realised this after two occurrences:
1) Watching an aspiring animator spend his time, slowly but surely, drawing each frame of an animation on the computer. What was even more impressive was that before said animator acquired a drawing tablet, he originally drew out these frames using nothing more than the mouse tracker pad of the laptop!
Animation takes a LOT of patience. Animators will spend their time drawing hundreds and hundreds of frames that, when played together, only last a few minutes. How do they not get bored or frustrated? There’s only one answer. They must love what they’re doing a lot!
2) After observing the above, I realised this was exactly the case for me and drawing. Unlike other things, I could spend hours trying to perfect a drawing but I’d never get tired of it. Why? I guess because I love what I’m doing. But not only that, I’m motivated to finish it. Like most things, I don’t like to leave anything unfinished. But the difference with drawing is… even though nobody else is waiting to see it, I’m still willing to push through and wait for as long as it takes. For myself.
I’m sure most people still get frustrated when they come across an obstacle, even when they’re doing something they love. Plenty of them will probably feel discouraged at the amount of time they need to wait before they get anywhere. But even then, they still won’t stop. They won’t give up. Because they’re determined to get there.
So I think I’ve realised. Patience takes three factors. Passion, motivation and perseverance.
I’m going to try to be more patient. Progress might be slow but it all counts – little things eventually add up to something bigger!
Like the saying goes, it is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.