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21 May 2012 @ 11:00 am
please start thinking that this is a good time now  
When I was in college, I had a very close group of friends, and a small handful of us did annual ski trips together. One of these friends was on the ski team, and various places we went to ski, we would wind up seeing skiing buddies of his from the serious skiing world. In 2000, we went to Utah, and while we were there, we had dinner at the house of one of his former coaches, who was still coaching young outstanding skiiers.

The coach talked about a current student of his, who he was hoping to get to the Olympics, and about this student's hesitation, his insistence that he would try out next year, when he was better. But it was always next year, next year, and the coach exclaimed his frustration to us at the dinner table, saying, "Would you please start thinking that this is a good time NOW?"

It struck me then, in a way that has (obviously) stuck with me, because I so strongly understand the urge to put things off until I can do them better, until the time is exactly right, and I also understand that most of the time, there is no time that's exactly right, and the best time to do that thing is when I can, even if it's not perfect or I don't feel totally ready.

If life is what happens when you're making other plans, then this is a good time. Now.
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
lazyzlazyz on May 21st, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
Tantalizing post.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on May 21st, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Hear hear.
The other side of Deliriumtaura_g on May 21st, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
eestiplika on May 21st, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
m.entrope on May 21st, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this.
sarahshevettsarahshevett on May 22nd, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
My method
is to ask myself "Ok, if not today, then when?"
That usually gets me going..
heinleinfanheinleinfan on May 23rd, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
I very nearly said "no" when someone asked if they could pay me to work with their bees and teach them how.

Because I'm not a good enough beekeeper yet, because I still have things to learn, because I haven't been a keeper for 20 years, because I don't sell honey, because if I have extra energy I should use it at home or get a real job, because I didn't know what to charge or how to negotiate the work...

I finally just said to myself "Screw you, Self, I'm doing this."

Yesterday I got my first check for working with bees.