“All human wisdom is summed up in two words – wait and hope.” Alexandre Dumas
We spend a lot of time during our lifetime waiting for all sorts of things; love, doctors, food, life, concerts or museum events, anticipated outcomes, success, revenge, happiness and an endless list of events and things that keep life interesting. With each milestone we complete, we have an expectation of what would come after and how it would impact our lives. Even that wonderful sculpture of Sigmund Freud could use some human company posing for a photo opportunity or sharing a discourse on Freudian slips! 😉 Living in a big city, like in the city that never sleeps, includes doses of long waits for everything; especially waiting for public transportation. Why do we spend so much time waiting? Why do we even agree to wait for entry to a ridiculously popular restaurant that sits 5 people and takes 6 month reservations?
“None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives.” Kathleen Norris
For this prompt, I was quite surprised at the collection of photos I have that show people waiting in all sorts of settings. I wondered what it was about waiting that caught my interest. Sure, the excitement and anticipation that precedes a great show, a fine meal or even entry to the Alexander McQueen show add to our conversations on waiting. The retrospective was phenomenal and I wrote a post on it and added all the pictures I took that night… It wasn’t easy to do, trust me! Waiting to be fed at the 5th Station on Mt Fuji or at a fine restaurant at The Chelsea Market is an exciting prospect any day. Try it.
“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” Jules Renard
Woohoo! Zemanta is back and that was worth waiting for; just like these folk are waiting for customers. Would you like to buy some honey or dried fruit? Or would you like to join the young ladies waiting in front of the Diplomat Hotel in Stockholm? They look ready for a performance in their beautiful gowns. Another lady waits with a camera in hand… I’ve added a selection of photos on the subject… Come back for more. More below. 😉
“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.” Paulo Coelho
Waiting for the dentist is painful. Waiting to hear bad news can be devastating, and that car? The poor owner must have been shocked to see it. Above, we see the aftermath of that freak snowfall and storm we had last month or so. Waiting for Sade was thrilling… Like all concerts by artists we love, we don’t mind the long wait.
I must admit I attended that OWN cattle call and camped out with friends the night before. We had fun. I was curious but I doubt I’d do it again… Rockefeller Center is quite romantic in the winter… and lovers meet there to have a lovely evening skating, window shopping, enjoying the magnificent Christmas tree, or just chilling… A worthwhile wait, no?
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell
I’m still digesting the events of the night I attended the Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch The Throne Show… I will post on it sometime soon. It was amazing with some twists that gave me pause. The excitement in the air was palpable… Everyone waiting for the stars to appear; then Jay-Z walked by with security. My camera f—d up. That’s life, eh? The other picture is of Reed College Library. I loved my visit, with one of my kids, to Reed College. We had a great time and the students impressed me; refreshing and smart. I also loved visiting Portland. I could live there; well, after Seattle perhaps… 😉
“Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count.” Dr. Robert Anthony
Graduation came like a cool summer breeze… Waiting 12-13 years for this moment and then … magic. I hold cherished memories for my kids and it was worth the wait. The NYC cabbie shot you see was taken as part of a complaint I planned to file… Funny now, right? It wasn’t at the time and I’ll share that story someday. Life goes on even while we wait… What about you? What does waiting mean or look like to you? Was it easy/hard to find the right photos for your examples of waiting? Were you drawn to specific examples for the prompt? Did you enjoy selecting your photos for this prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting
Positive Motivation Tip: A lot of life is about waiting; for love, for life, for food, for concerts or museum events, for outcomes, for revenge, for happiness. Be present in your wait… Time flies
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.