By: Erica Farnsworth, Guest Blogger
“I’ll do it tomorrow.”
“Maybe next year.”
“When I find time…”
How many times have we repeated these same words throughout our lives? And how many opportunities have been missed, dreams unattained because of our unwillingness to pursue, legitimately pursue, the things that we want or need to do?
This concept can be interpreted on a variety of levels. What about that restaurant you’ve been meaning to try for years? Or your grandparents that you just can’t quite find the time to visit? Or that book you’ve always wanted to write? Or the place you’ve always dreamt of traveling to?
Perhaps we procrastinate because our current circumstances seem foreboding, perhaps because of laziness, or of a pure belief that you truly will have the time later on. Many of us (myself included) tell ourselves these seemingly harmless lies and put off the responsibilities that we owe to ourselves and to others.
But the truth of the matter is this: You aren’t getting any younger.
That restaurant might be closed down by the time you decide to make a reservation. Your grandparents might say their final goodbyes before you make time to give them one more hello. That book isn’t going to write itself. Traveling may not always accommodate you, even though you are ready to accommodate it.
Time waits for no one. The ability to appreciate the weight of your youth and your time might just save your life, maybe not in a physical sense, but on emotional, spiritual, and mental levels.
Evaluate what your priorities are. Think about the things you’d like to do, the people you want to meet, the places you want to go. Think about the time you’d like to spend with your loved ones, the crafts you want to learn, the secrets you wish to discover. Now think about not being able to complete them, because you waited too long and made too many excuses. Do these things before it is too late.
One of my favorite quotations, taken from the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and screenplay writer Eric Roth (not F. Scott Fitzgerald as many believe originally wrote this line), is “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”
The truth in this statement rings truer than most things. And the sooner we realize this, the sooner we can replace regret with relief, and wasted time with productivity.
What are you waiting for? You aren’t getting any younger.
Procrastination keeps us from realizing our dreams and goals, but it doesn't have to!
- Commit to doing ONE thing (pick something you can manage) this week that you've been putting off or day dreaming about: calling a friend to catch up, revising your resume, asking out that person you've been crushing on, or signing up for that spin class. See what happens once you give yourself a little spark to action!
I am an easy-going girl who loves a good book, good music, and a good laugh. My family, friends, and dogs are my entire life. Donuts and coffee are my weakness.