Growing up as an impatient child I was often reminded that I needed to learn patience. Why was patience so important to learn? For most of written history, great philosophers and teachers have reminded we the people that we need to practice more patience. That we need to be patient with those around us when we are working together, on opposing sides of a story, driving in traffic, or repeating ourselves for the third time.

We can agree that being patient is a difficult task at times. Patience is difficult because we have times relating to others isn’t easy and their point of view doesn’t make sense to us. Have you ever attempted to explain how to use features of a smartphone, computer, or gaming system to someone who doesn’t catch the idea then continually asks for a repeat of the instructions, not just that day but many times after that?

Are you usually the teacher who reiterates the steps, pauses during a question counts to three and repeats the process over again? Have you ever been the pupil in this scenario and been grateful that your friend or a family member has continued to repeat the instructions to you? It’s a truth that at one point in time you have had to be patient as a teacher and a teacher has had to exercise patience while teaching you.

As a practitioner of endurance activities, patience is key to successful completion of said endurance tasks. The key is understanding that endurance takes time to build up, you have to be ready for the long game of training, enduring through repetition, and thriving in your desired quest for endurance in your desired activity.

The hardest part of endurance is having patience with yourself throughout the process, it hurts, it takes an extended amount of time each day to build up said endurance, and often you are in pain as you are adapting to said endurance ability. Yet, once you arrive at the desired endurance level you are rewarded with the ability you’ve been seeking along with an endless amount of stories to tell from your journey getting here.

With the speed of life, we often live at it is a real challenge to have patience in our day to day routines when the processes are thrown off. When there is a slower person ahead of us on an escalator, or we have to repeat ourselves again to someone we know or someone we don’t. Extending patience is a genuine challenge we should accept for our own personal growth, mental health, and the betterment of society around us. Wouldnt the world be a kinder place if we were all a little more patient.