There are leaps to take into the pool---even in my ugly skirted bathingsuit. There are fine art museums to discover, and concerts to attend. There are new haircuts to try, and friends to call. There are blogs to read and there are moments to journal. There are songs to be sung and hot baths to take. There are moments to cry and then there are moments to hug your loved ones. There are arts and crafts galore just waiting for you to try.This is a quote from a post Lindsey wrote about just living your life. I highly recommend that you read the whole thing (scroll down to February 12). It's passionate. It's heartfelt. And it's true.
Most of us have things that we have to do. We wait for just the right time. We wait to take that romantic beach vacation with our husband until we look good in a swimsuit. Put on that skirt and jump in. One thing I've learned from my many trips to beaches, is that no matter what you look like, there will always be lots of bodies there who look better than you, and lots who look worse than you. Trust me on this one if you've never witnessed it for yourself.
Laura quoted Peter Walsh as saying, "Stuff that keeps you in the future (things you might need someday) or the past (memory clutter) means you don't live fully now in the present." I don't want to hold so tightly to things of the past or so expectantly to things in the future that I am not living my life today. I know that stuff and clutter affects me (it makes me feel as though I can't get anything done), but I didn't quite relate it to this subject. It does make sense.
Don't wait for something to happen in the future before you can act. Don't refuse to act because of something that has happened in the past (good or bad). I think that women might be more guilty of this than men, but we seem to have a running list in our heads of when the exact right time to do something will be:
I will--buy a house, quit the job I hate, move to a place I love, take a great
vacation--after I get married.
I will--quit the job I hate, make good friends, feel like I've accomplished something--when I have kids.
I will--invite people into my home more when I--have a nicer home, have a husband, know people better, start getting invitations from others.
I will--pursue my dream vocation, go back to school, read more, sew more, scrapbook more, spend more time with friends--when my kids are in school or on their own.
There are several problems with following this pattern of thought. One is that those things that you are waiting for might never happen. Another is that if they do come to pass, you may have missed your shot to do what you wanted to do long ago, either because the opportunity is gone or the fire has burned out. The third is that you simply stop living life, because you're waiting for the next best thing.
Is there one thing that you are waiting to happen before you do something else? Is there something from your past that is holding you back from doing something right now? Will you think about just taking the plunge, right now?