Sunday, January 17, 2010

WHY do we "put off until tomorrow what can be enjoyed today"?

"Carpe Diem? Maybe Tomorrow" by John Tierny, for the New York Times

When I first moved to Tucson I made a long list of things that I would like to do in Tucson (hiking, tourist attractions, landmarks, etc). I've been here a year and have barely made a dent in the list, depsite many of the ideas being free and easily accessible.

Recently I've realized that the reason for this is exactly what was described in this article: The belief that I have so much time to do these things and that there will always be a better time to do them.

The truth is, however, that I won't be living in Tucson forever and I don't have all the time in the world to experience what Tucson has to offer. If I want to complete the list, I need to start NOW.

The same can be said about the rest of my life. For years I've wanted to travel the world, to explore, to go on adventures. Like any human, I have goals: publishing a book, owning a hedgehog, getting a tattoo, and learning Spanish, for example. I have the ability to accomplish all of these, yet for some reason I continue to put them off.

I am the only one stopping myself from realizing my goals. It's TIME to save money to travel, to make the flight plans, to start having conversations with people in Spanish, and most importantly, to BE HAPPY. It's possible; I just need to get going.