• Gina Matarazzo

When Patience Isn't Always a Virtue

When I was younger, my Grandfather always told me, “If you have enough money to buy something you really want, buy it. The opportunity may never present itself again.” He would go on to tell the story about the Jaguar (the car, of course) he never bought. He had enough money to buy the Jaguar, but chose not too. Instead, he bought a Buick (no offense to Buick) and he said it was the worse decision of his life. When I turned 25, I treated myself to my first Louis Vuitton handbag. Louis Vuitton is quite pricey, but I had the money for it. I kept reciting in my head what my Grandfather said and I didn’t feel as guilty when I got that final total.

It is often said that patience is a virtue. Waiting for something makes it even more special. I don’t like to wait—I am “live in the moment / do it now” type of girl. If there is a place I want to go to, I make every effort I can to get there. Of course, this is not always feasible and there are many places on my “Photo Bucket List” that I want to get to. However, as everyone knows, our world is not the same as it was a year ago. Heck, it’s not really the same place it was six months ago or in the weeks prior to Christmas. SO much has changed and, to be honest, I never thought I would live in the situation so many of us are now. However, it is what it is and we cannot change what is happening. But…I want you to think about all the things you always wanted to do and all the places you always wanted to see. Write them down. Make a “bucket list”. With everything that is going on today, I feel that we should be come “do it now” people. Of course, not at this instance because it is not safe for our health. But once this pandemic is over and our lives resume, just do what you always wanted to do. For me, and this may sound silly, I have always wanted to visit Longwood Gardens. I kept putting it off for one reason or the other, but now I fear I may never get the chance to go there. We cannot live in “someday” or “maybe one day” realm of the world because, hey, “someday” may never come. So as you sit in your homes, social distancing and staying healthy, think about what you have always wanted to do and pick up when the “play button of life” is hit and life resumes.

Thanks for reading!

XO Gina

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