The years have gifted me with this wisdom, that I would share with you, younger version of myself:
There is no need to rush. I honor and commend your passion and your commitment. But really, there is no need always to be looking ahead, pushing yourself onward, stretching and reaching for something you can’t yet touch.
Look around you. Savor this place you are in, note its fragrances and the way the wind moves through it. This place is where you are now, in all its beauty and magnificence. This place is the gift of your present, with all of its discomforts and unease. Allow yourself gratitude for it now. It leaves you more gifts than you can recognize, today.
All that which you desire, all that which you so greedily reach for, you will find yourself walking into, suddenly, after one long bend in your path. And when you do, resist the temptation to immediately look past that place, to try to stretch again for something beyond.
Like I said, you will find yourself there, soon enough.