You Know, Just Do It!

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“There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”  – Hugh Laurie

Thank you, Dr. House. Actually, Hugh Laurie is a pretty cool guy, and he brings up a great point. There’s really no time like the present, is there?

As people who know me are well aware, I tend to do things pretty much as instantly as they come up. People wonder why don’t I wait and do things later? Why do I have to do everything at once? As it turns out, doing everything at once isn’t always a great idea. It turns out I’m not always so good at prioritizing things. 

So, when you try to do too much at once, you end up not getting a lot done, huh? Here’s the deal. What Hugh is talking about is “being ready.” I know what he means by being “not ready.” If you keep telling yourself you’re “not ready,” then you’ll probably never do much of anything.

Now is as good a time as any. We lead lives with a finite time limit. None of us know when that limit will run out. The whole idea of living on “borrowed time” isn’t exactly how I would put it. 

Sure, I’ve had close calls. I almost had a truck plow into my driver’s side door while he was running a stop sign in the snow. I gunned the gas and barely missed him. I was on my deathbed with cancer and my only motivation to get through the hell that was chemotherapy was my amazing partner at the time. I’ve almost gone off the deep end so many times. You know why? Because I wasn’t ready to go. I wasn’t ready to give up.

So, the only good thing to not be ready for is give up. You just have to get out and do things. Don’t overthink about how you want to put something before you put it down in writing. Nothing has to sound perfect. You know how Woody Allen said 80 percent of success is showing up. Perhaps that bit is somewhat over-quoted, but it’s true. Whenever I couldn’t get up and go to work anymore, that’s what I told myself. And, damn, I got done in a day what most people try to get done in two or more. Believe me, you’re never ready for what life throws at you. Become a parent and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

But I’m not ready. You never really will be. Once you are, you’re probably going to be old, gray, and in a nursing home.  Or, you’re going to have two weeks to live and have to do it all at once. As long as you are still alive, no matter how young or old, if there’s something that you just feel you need to have to do, just do it. 

Do what it takes to make you happy. I don’t mean something that makes you lots of money. Rather, find something that makes you feel fulfilled. For me, that’s being a parent and rambling along forever, hoping someone thinks it’s cool. 

It’s also nice to find some way to pay the bills while I do so. Hopefully, those are one in the same for you some day, as well. 

~ Amelia <3

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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