How to Wait for Nothing (A Step-by-Step Guide)


“And then, suddenly, something is over.”
– Louise Glück –

(This is for the girl who fell in love with a boy named Nothing.)

How to Wait for Nothing
(A Step-by-Step Guide)

#1

Tell yourself it’s okay to be desperate
because people change their minds
and that stars can be kind sometimes.

#2

Wear nice clothes and pretty lipstick shades
that make you feel good. Be prepared.
Make sure to always look your best.

#3

Bring every piece of miracle you need—
a book, a pet, an art project, whatever gets your attention.
You have to have distractions.

#4

Wait.
It’s almost always fun at first.
Count the minutes as they come
and convince yourself it’s all worth the while.
Wait.
Feel the weight of that four-letter verb,
until it’s no longer just a word,
but your personal destiny.
Wait.
Embrace the agony of staying
for something not certain. Suffer.
But stay anyway.
Wait.

#5

Distract yourself.
Read a book. Train your pet. Make some art.
Realize you can be happy on your own.

#6

Look in the mirror.
Recognize how beautiful you are.
You don’t need someone else to believe a fact.

#7

Stop waiting.
It’s okay to change your mind.
It’s okay to be kind to yourself sometimes.

It’s okay to love yourself first.

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