No Time Like the Present

It is true that there is no time like the present
The present, because you are in it, gives you hope:
There is a yearning need to do everything now,
To fulfill fantasies, win arguments, and prove yourself
Right in this moment, before the eyes
Of every doubter you have ever come across,
From the bully in the playground of your youth
When nothing could ever have hurt more than words,
To the jerk and work who throws his weight around
Just because he can, because his weight is there,
Bouncing around as he goes about his business
As though this claim of superiority over you
Might somehow encourage it into existence;
These are who you want to overcome, to surprise,
Or merely the imagine the surprise of, when you try
To make here and now your primary success,
Even if it is better to wait, to hold back, to learn more:
It is true that there is no time like the present
For the present will teach you where to set your sights
For future successes, future rewards, opportunities
To prove yourself through patience, and not urgency.

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