If only I had more time. If I just had more money.
Do either of these sound familiar? I know that I personally have told myself these exact things many times over the years. I told myself that if I only had more money I could travel. If I just had more free time I could exercise more. If I just had a little more knowledge I could begin writing that book I’ve been meaning to start. I need to have just a little more experience before I share with the world.
If, if, if, when…
This sort of thinking is the perfect set up for the mythical someday. That magic arbitrary date where one can travel, take up painting and macramé, or learn a new language. Here’s the thing though. If you never begin then you will never actually accomplish any of your dreams. Waiting for something special to happen to you like winning the lottery or receiving an inheritance from your eccentric rich old auntie who no one is sure actually exists is not a life plan.
Experience is only gained through action. Learning is a dynamic experience. Without engaging in pursuits and expanding the mind one does not grow. Stagnation leads to feeling confined, helpless, and hopeless which may develop into depression and anxiety disorders.
Don’t wait for someday. Don’t wait for the windfall.
Find what makes you happy and pursue it with everything that you have within you. Get out of your comfort zone. Learn anything your heart desires. Try new foods. Take up sky diving.
Blaze a new trail. It may be a leap of either faith or desperation, but it will ultimately lead you on a journey of self-discovery which will restore your belief in yourself.
Even if you fall you might just end up with a great story to tell the new friends that you made while backpacking across Europe.
Stop to smell the flowers or listen to a burbling brook. Discover shapes in the clouds and thrill in the wild power of a blustering storm. Master finding your bliss in both the large moments and the small. Search for the love within you and discover how to burn with your joy. Life was meant to be lived in both the big moments and the small. Get out there and get after it.
I believe in you. Learn to believe in yourself.
You are strong; you are beautiful. You can do this!