Have you ever had the opportunity to wait?
You were expecting to do something or meet with someone at a specific time when something else came up to interrupt what you were going to do or the person you were going to meet? What did you do? Did you get exasperated, frustrated, and waste the time away or did you see it as an opportunity to do something new, to adventure, to find beauty?
I had a waiting experience yesterday (along with many other times in my life). I was meeting a friend for dinner after work. I’m not usually in the state she lives in never mind the city she works in. As I was driving to meet her, I received a text asking me to wait for her because a client had just walked in. I parked down the street from her office waiting in my car for a few minutes. I had never been to this city before, well maybe driving through, but never near downtown. It was small but there were so many old brick buildings. I love brick buildings. They are beautiful. I decided to get out of my car to take a few photos. They didn’t come out as I would have liked, but it inspired more photo taking. I took time to walk down a few of the streets looking around seeing details and beauty. I know I didn’t see all that area had to share, but what I did see captured me for a few minutes. It was an enjoyable creative time of waiting.
Shortly after I moved my car to a free after 5pm spot, my friend was ready to go. She brought me to a lovely taqueria restaurant that reminded me of my times in Mexico. Apparently my friend is a take out regular there, but yesterday we dined in. We drank Agua de Jamaica and I ate a corn taco plate with rice and beans. It was delicious. It was a short but a lovely time with a friend I don’t get to see often.
What will you do the next time you have to wait unexpectedly?
Photos taken in Manchester, NH