I know my life is finite. I had a definitive start date in 1985, and one day, I will have an equally definitive end date. To be perfectly honest, I am okay with these facts.
With all of that said, I hate when people tell me to be patient or say some other dumb idiom about things coming to those who wait.
Given that I don’t know when my end date is, I don’t want to wait or practice patience.
Waiting is the equivalent of sitting in a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but you won’t go anywhere.
I’ve already wasted pieces of my life waiting for events like the weekend, summer, holidays, special occasions, etc.
In all honesty, I don’t want to add up the hours I’ve spent waiting because I'm afraid of how high the total would be.
I often hear people talking about timing. They would date someone, but the timing is wrong.
The same goes for vacations, careers and just about every other aspect of life. The thing no one tells you? There will never be a perfect time for anything.
Life never simply stops to give any individual that perfect moment to make a move or do something daring.
I also regret to say, I am only getting busier as I get older. Time is most certainly not on my side.
There is a choice, though, and it’s an important one: Do you wait until life happens, or do you make a choice and take the leap even if the timing is not so perfect?
There will always be reasons not to do something, so make the leap. There is a vast difference between being alive and actually living.
Personally, I’d rather fall into the latter category. I don’t have many regrets about things I’ve done or said, but I do regret the times I bit my tongue or ignored an amazing opportunity.
For yourself and for the people who don’t get the chance, make the leap. Will you fall? Maybe. Will you try again? I hope so.
Dream the impossibly big dream. If you are truly passionate about something, you will make time for it despite any set of circumstances.
I wrote my first novel while teaching full time and planning my wedding. Did I get much sleep that year? Not really. Did I get to binge watch Netflix? An even sadder no. The sleep and Netflix deprivation were worth it, though.
I took giant steps forward in my professional and personal life. I had been talking about finding “time” to write a book since I entered my 20s. Ironically, I made the time when my life was busiest.
In some ways, that year was a much-needed wake-up call. If I could fit all of those events into one year, what could I do with every year that followed?
Sometimes, I take on more projects than I should, but I want to make a difference in the world. I am frequently told what I want is impossible.
Don’t listen to people who say your dreams are impossible. They say it because they gave up on their own dreams a long time ago.
I used to take the criticism of my goals very personally, but now, it just fuels me to become better. It’s a doable juggling act.
Take the trip you’ve always wanted. Say yes to a date even when your schedule is hectic. Chase your dreams.
Every moment is the right moment to work on becoming the person you want to be.
This is the time to make a choice and never look back.