I wonder how many to-do lists there are in the world overflowing with things to do later. When is later?
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been guilty of this dozens of times over, even right now as I write this. I continually commit myself to do far too many things, so eventually, every new goal gets added to the later pile.
The fact is, I know that this is happening. We all know what is going on when we say yes to one extra thing and add it the later pile. Yet, it still happens.
There’s a saying that directly relates to this type of scenario,
Jack of all trades, but master of none.
To me, this can be intrepreted as someone who has a massive things to do later list but no things I’m doing now list.
We all know the feeling of wishing that we started something sooner. It happens to everyone. Everytime we do something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time, it’s a flood of relief and excitement. We also all know the feeling of knowing that we should be doing something but we’re doing something else instead — University Students will attest to this.
I believe we all know what we should be doing in life. There’s always an excuse for why it’s not the right time, but how can we ever know when the right time will be? If you already know what you should be doing, is not a good a time as ever?
I wish I did that.
It’s time to go through our things to do later lists and really decide, is any of this relevant anymore? What of this could I do now? Remove anything that doesn’t matter, be ruthless with it. For some this will be a scary process. But I promise you, this is where the growth happens. If it scares you, do it.
What currently scares me? Living abroad. I know that one day I will live in Japan. But I’m currently in the same boat as millions of others. It’s in my things to do later list. I am incredibly happy and comfortable living where I am now. Moving away from such comfort scares me.
Imagine a world without comfort zones. What a place that would be to live. It’s incredible how when you do something that’s mildly outside the realm of what you’re used to, that time slows down just that little bit. Routine is the death of time. It’s time for us (including myself) to stop betraying ourselves and start doing the things that scare us most, the things we know we should be doing.
If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. Why not do it now?
Cover Photo by Steven Hille