How to stop waiting and start moving

How to stop waiting and start moving

I run towards a stoplight during mile three of my typical route.

The busy intersection flashes red. Cars stream by.

I press the crosswalk button.

It speaks to me. Literally.

“Wait…wait…wait…wait…wait…”

The voice repeats, over and over again, while I watch the red light.

“Wait…wait…wait…wait…wait…”

A few daredevil commuters look twice and, disobeying the command, don’t wait. They cross.

I’m rooted in place, heeding the words of this robotic voice.

“Wait…wait…wait…wait…wait…”

I grow antsy, jumping on the balls of my feet.

Until the voice stops.

The white “walking man” sign appears, giving me the go ahead.

The voice doesn’t say move. It merely stops saying wait.

Often we’re told — or we tell ourselves — to “wait…wait…wait.” On going for that goal, that job, that love, that dream, that anything. But when it’s time to race forward, the signal is less clear.

So the trick, maybe, is to always keep moving, regardless of what the signs tell you.

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