I was excited to tear the month of January off my desktop calendar. January was just that great.
No, seriously. The first month of 2013 was so thrilling and rewarding that I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in February.
My New Year’s resolution can be summarized by one of my favorite quotes: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” (Mark Twain)
I decided to sail, to explore, dream and discover in 2013.
What is it you’ve always wanted to do? What’s holding you back?
I’ve always wanted to write a book, travel abroad, zipline, and road trip across the United States.
There’s a myriad of excuses to not do any of it.
Not enough money, not enough vacation time, not enough bravery, hours in the day, creativity, equipment, or support. What would my family think, my friends? And what if I fail?
As time has passed, the excuses added up until eventually they became the gospel truth that played in my head and squashed the dream.
What’s holding me back? Um, everything.
So what about you?
What have you always wanted to do? What are your excuses?
I started doing things differently two years ago. I started turning my “can’ts” into “cans.”
Not enough money? OK, well, maybe the scope of the project is too big right now. Maybe there’s a piece of it that could be completed for a fraction of the cost until more resources come available.
Not enough vacation time? But what can be done in the time I have?
Not enough bravery? That’s not a question for me. I know something about myself that not a lot of people do — I’m not very brave. I don’t want to take uncalculated risks, and I need a plan. So instead of taking the proverbial leap, I take one small step at a time.
Not enough time? What can you trade moments for? For me, it’s disconnecting from all electronics after a certain time in the evening, and guess what? I have more time to read, or write, or play with the dogs, or visit with a friend.
Not enough creativity, equipment, or support? Instead of concentrating on what I don’t have, I focus on what I do have. I might not have enough creativity for some of the projects I want to do, but I’ve got some. So I use it, and I acquire the equipment as I’m able.
I’ve stopped worrying about what my friends and family will think. If I fail, at least I tried.
I texted a friend last week: “When are we going ziplining?”
The road trip might have to wait ’til retirement, the book will get written this year, and that trip abroad is going to happen.
What is it that Mark Twain said?
“…Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
I’m exploring, dreaming, discovering, and it’s only going to get better in February. Heaven only knows what’s going to happen in March.