So near and yet so far

I look up the meaning in the dictionary. It is meant to refer to tasks to be achieved.can i use it to refer to some plans? For e.g. I plan to travel nextmonth. Can i use that idiom to illustrate the travel dates are so near and yet so far?

By the way, do i need to add a verb before “rather”? E.g i rather eat than sleep.


  1. Yes, you can. Then it would mean that the next month is so near in comparison with the day you become a grandmother, yet so far with regard to your eagerness to carry out the plan as soon as you can.
  2. You need to add an auxiliary verb. For example, I would rather eat than sleep.