“I’ll start eating healthy next week after I’ve had time to plan meals and go to the grocery store (but for now I’ll just eat this junk food).”
“I’ll start really trying when I have the perfect opportunity to utilize my skills and talents at work (but for now I’ll keep being lazy).”
“I’ll start painting (or writing, or working out, or whatever) when I have more time to spend on my hobby (but for now I’ll keep procrastinating).”
“I’ll really be able to enjoy life when this, that, or the other happens (but for now I’m just waiting).”
Any of this sound familiar?
Yeah, I thought so.
I am the world’s worst – correction, I WAS the world’s worst – procrastinator. I have been putting off living my life to the fullest for decades.
I’ve mentioned before how I’ve been planning for something my entire life. I’ve always believed that satisfaction and happiness were just around the corner. I’ve always thought that I had to accomplish something really impressive before I deserved them. I thought that I had to really work for it.
What I finally realized is that there is no time when you suddenly feel like you deserve these things. It doesn’t matter what you have or have not accomplished in your life. It makes no difference what you do for a living or how big your house is.
All you have to do is decide. All you have to do is believe that you deserve all of the blessings in life. There is no desperation or greediness in this, you don’t have to chase after anything… all you do is open your arms and accept it. It’s not a race, you can slow down and you’ll realize that nothing has changed except your pace.
Now is the time, people.
The tomorrow that we are waiting for may never come. Why waste the opportunities of the present moment? True, it is sometimes easier to avoid doing what you know you need to do. It is safe, no chance for rejection or failure if you never really try. But who wants to be at the end of their life and have to face the fact that they never really tried; that they never really went after their dreams. Not me!
Thoreau said it best: "You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this."
© Haley McManigal 2014
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