Patience is not passive waiting. Patience is not static. Patience isn’t sitting down and shutting up — that’s being cooperative and docile to help driving parents. Patience is dynamic. Patience is active preparation. Patience is doing.
If you’re not too preoccupied and too physically tired by active preparation to be worried, then you’re not being patient. You’re just being a whiny, sulky brat. And that’s fine, too. But don’t call it patience.
The patient language learner is watching some Japanese TV right now. She’s whipping out her iPhone and doing Surusu reps every time she gets five minutes here or there. She loves to whip things out 😛 .
Patience is silently busying yourself with doing things that help. Impatience is talking very loudly about how nothing works, while doing things that hurt.