03/21/2013 07:51 am ET Updated May 21, 2013

Day 21: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Daily Inspiration: Day 21 of 31 Days

"Sometimes waiting is the hardest thing of all." -- Luanne Rice (novelist)

Do you ever feel as if you're waiting for your life to begin? Do you spend hours daydreaming of a fantasy future? I'll admit that, from time to time, I do. I sit at my desk, taking a writing break, letting my mind dance around in delightful dreams of being on the NYT bestseller list, winning an Oscar, buying two beautiful houses (one for my family and one for the charity for creative types I want to set up) and so on. And, of course, for any or all of those things to come to pass I'll just have to wait.

Patience has never been one of my virtues. I don't pace myself. Boxes of chocolates don't last long in my hands. I don't like to wait. But, of course, there are many things in life we have to wait for. Sometimes we wait for years, sometimes we wait forever. And this is the danger with daydreaming; it can make your present moment feel like being stuck in an airport lounge with your flight to an exotic location permanently delayed. But it's all about your perspective. If you take care to love the life you have, to nurture and appreciate it, then waiting is no longer so frustrating. It can even become exciting, as exciting as the countdown to Christmas.

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