'Life is something to be spent, not to be saved'-- D. H. Lawrence
I'll go on a trip as soon as I graduate college. I'll stop eating junk food after Jessie's birthday party on Saturday. I'll put $100 in savings after I pay off the furniture set.
Why is it that we always seem to be waiting for the perfect time? There's no such thing as the perfect time--we all know this. So why, when we're thinking about the things we want to accomplish, do we often find ourselves making excuses to get out of doing them?
Many would argue that fear is a big motivator. Fear of change, fear of failure, fear of success. Others would cite lack of willpower. Or that you simply don't want your goal enough.
These are all valid reasons, and no doubt many of them are true for many people. But I would also say that a huge reason people don't go after their dreams with the time they have is that they think there always is MORE time.
Forget the "perfect time"-- MORE TIME is a trap that many people fall head over heels into without ever consciously realizing it. You want to take a trip after graduation but end up getting a job instead? 'Oh, I'll just go to Thailand another time. Next year,' you say.
But then next year rolls around, and you realize you're in line for a promotion. After a bit of internal debate, you decide, 'Oh, Thailand will always be there. When else will I be able to have this opportunity to climb the career ladder?'
Then the following year, you push aside that desire for authentic pad Thai when you get married. And then, again, when you put a down payment on a house. Soon, your long-held dream will become nothing but a nagging thought in the back of your mind, something you don't consider urgent enough to act on because "there will always be more time."
And that, my friends, is how dreams whither and die.
You've got to wake up and realize that while time seems to pass slowly, pass it does. Just as no time is going to be "perfect," there will come a point when there is no more time left. And who knows when that will be?
If your number is called next week, tomorrow, tonight--would you be happy? Would you say you acted on your life's desires, or would you look back and wonder at how you could have done so little with such a seemingly long amount of time?
I know what I would choose.
Prioritize your life and prioritize your dreams. ACT. So when that day comes and your number does get called, you'll be able to say, with certainty, that you used all the time you had.
Kayla Maneen recently got her BFA in Creative Writing and minored in adventure and fun. After graduation, she worked on an organic farm in Ireland and taught English in Italy, and learned all there is to know about chasing sheep and eating long, leisurely meals with family. She is adamant about teens living out their passions and reaching their highest potentials. Always follow that fire in your heart!