Things take the time they take

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - Front Page -

Amer­i­can poet Mary Oliver wrote a line of po­etry that goes through my head at least once a week. That line is: “Things take the time they take. Don’t worry.” I read it when I was two years into writ­ing a book I thought I could do in two months, and it gave me huge com­fort. Since then I’ve re­alised that things rarely hap­pen to the sched­ule we want them to. If we’re in our 20s we feel we’re too slow in find­ing a ca­reer. In our 30s we might be too slow in find­ing love or start­ing a fam­ily. In our 50s we might think it’s too late to start a new ca­reer. But so what? We don’t all run to the same sched­ule. We are not trains. We do things our own way and in our own time and no mat­ter what it may feel like, wher­ever you are now is ex­actly where you need to be.

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