That thing you would like to experience someday, why not do it now?

The person you want to be someday, why not start working on being that person now?

The way of life you are putting on hold for when you are older, richer, healthier, less busy, prettier, thinner, why not start living it now?

I have learned that it is a mistake of gigantic proportions when we think that putting life on hold, shielding ourselves from evolving via fear and excuses, is in any way justified. It is a terrible waste of life and life’s opportunities to grow.

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I understand that sometimes we need to acknowledge our circumstances. Life is complicated, and therefore caring for a child, an elderly person, or a sick one may prevent us from doing or being where we would like. Nevertheless, these circumstances have the amazing potential to become selfless acts of love which, even if we resist, may bring evolution, change and growth if we let them. No, these circumstances are not the same as shielding or staying within a fence unable to explore beyond.

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It is an interesting process to analyze the way we cast ourselves down, the effects of toxic self-talk and negative thinking. I am particularly amazed by the amount of women (for example), that would not wear a swimsuit, that think they cannot be in a relationship or deserved to be loved because they don’t look as they “should” or are somehow overweight. So many more that think themselves too old to start anew, to study new things, to learn a new sport, profession, or skill. Others will think that they need only have a certain job or status in order to thrive and live a happy life.

Maybe some will read what I’m writing now and will be glad not to be in such a situation as described here, but experience tells me they are a minority. In the end, we only have one life, so the time to start healing and living is today. The time to change is now.

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Choose to be kind and grateful.

15 Comments

  1. Wow. I totally agree with what you have posted. I think it is our own selves, who are the biggest obstacles in our hurdle race towards success. We often overthink about the negative aspects and sometimes forget what it might actually be if we actually did it. Once we jump over this hurdle, we actually realize that this was just first level they have crossed. There are gonna be bigger and worse conditions when they would be on rock bottom. All that is required is self-confidence and the will to jump over it. Trust me, later you will realize it was just a small step towards making to the finish line. 🙂 http://www.harshtrehan.wordpress.com

    1. Thank you for your comment. I agree, self confidence is required, but to release our self-confidence most of us need to work through many barriers. The worst being the ones set by ourselves.

  2. Reblogged this on Harsh Trehan and commented:
    Wow. I totally agree with what you have posted. I think it is our own selves, who are the biggest obstacles in our hurdle race towards success. We often overthink about the negative aspects and sometimes forget what it might actually be if we actually did it. Once we jump over this hurdle, we actually realize that this was just first level they have crossed. There are gonna be bigger and worse conditions when they would be on rock bottom. All that is required is self-confidence and the will to jump over it. Trust me, later you will realize it was just a small step towards making to the finish line. 🙂

  3. What a strong message! We focus on setbacks and mistakes way too much, thinking it’s the worst thing that can happen to us. But the most tragic thing is not doing anything, because any step forward is progress.

  4. When I was in college, I was also instructing a course in basic Astronomy. It was the beginning of a new semester, and this old man showed up. He was a student, and was pursuing a degree in the hard sciences, I got to know him rather well, and learned that his people got out of Europe one step ahead of the Nazis, he enlisted, became an officer, and joined the OSS (the forerunner of the CIA) and worked with partisans behind enemy lines.

    He then got a degree in languages, and taught for thirty years at the University of Tennessee.

    Now he was retired, and still going strong.

    The best piece of advice I ever got from him was “If you want to do something. Go out an do it. The day is coming when you can’t, and then you’ll have to live with those most horrible words in any language, “What if . . .”
    I will say his advice has caused me not end of trouble, but at the same time, I’ve had adventures no one would believe.

    1. What an honor to have known this man. Great advise indeed! I’m glad you shared this, it is motivation for me. Than you.

  5. Reblogged this on The Boca Chica and commented:
    Change is hard. But the author of this post makes a valid point about how “in the end, we only have one life, and so the time to start healing and living is today. The time to change is now.”

    Personal reflection : Over the past year, I went through a healing process after a toxic relationship. I almost went back to school, I did try different jobs, and met interesting people. Throughout my discovery it has lead me to exactly where I wanted to be and dreamt of being to further my career as a designer. That is moving to Silicon Valley to be apart of creating bigger than me. Such an opportunity fell into my lap, and I know God has a plan for me. Before this, I was unhappy. Very unhappy. I kept blaming others for my circumstances, or making excuses. Today with truth and wisdom, I am taking responsibility and initiative to change my life. To find happiness and chase my dreams that will come true! The power of now!

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