Life is what happens when you are waiting for something else. I’ve gotten some of my best ideas for things I’m writing while I’m waiting in a doctor’s office or some other “waiting” room. In writing for students in World War II C. S. Lewis pointed out that if they waited for this or that event in the crisis time of war to happen they were making a mistake. There is always going to be a crisis of one kind or another, and while you’re waiting life keeps rolling along.
We tend to look on the trials and troubles of our current age as something new and specific only to us, but that is an illusion. The distress of any age is not peculiar to that age, but all of us alike wrestle with pretty much the same thing. Anywhere you delve in history you will find times of difficulty and violence.
Some people want to wait for the crisis to pass, or for this event, or that to happen, and instead of living, and life just passes them by.