Saturday, 25 January 2014

Because now is good enough a time

I read this quote the other day...
"It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. 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

And it resonated with me or perhaps dawned on me. Whatever it did I actually stopped what I was doing. Walked away. I stopped to just be. To journal. And let clarity arrive.
Here's what I realised.

1. I've put two big dreams (they're actually connected - can't have one without the other) on hold for the past year. Because, in my defence, other opportunities crept up. But also because... maybe I'm not ready, or maybe it's just not the right time, or what if I do all that work and then it's just not good enough, what if nobody likes what I've created ... you get the picture.
2. Worse than being on hold I haven't even started. Haven't even taken the first step. I've just let my dream sit up in my head in dreamland and swirl around with no destination, no timeline, no real agenda. No starting point.
3. I write more than 5000 words each month for publications. Other people's publications. Yes that's my job as a freelance writer, yes that's what I love doing, and yes that's my career... But I don't give my own writing the same time of day and space or credit. Yes those other words are paid work, yes I enjoy writing them, but the other writing - well if I'm honest that's where my heart lies... and that just has to deserve a little more attention.  Somewhere in my week. Somehow...
And so instead of wondering, instead of trying to create a plan, action list or timeline.. I just started. Just like that. No holding back. I just opened a new journal and I wrote. And then wrote some more... 
The words came easily, the ideas kept bouncing and I felt free. Finally, I was doing it. No matter about an ending point, no matter about being good enough. Just letting my heart take the lead.
Because there's no perfect time and now is good enough a time.
It feels wonderful to simply begin.

Anything you've been putting on hold? Any new dreams or plans you've recently begun? x


  1. Great quote and so very true. Now is really all we have and as far as I am concerned it is the best time to get started :) Good for you for getting started, for taking that quote to heart. Looking forward to seeing where it takes you. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. I have a few things I'd like to do this year that are on my "to-do" list. I should just dive in and start, not worry if I make mistakes or can't finish it. But enjoy the ride. Good on your for taking the plunge, I hope it works out for you! :) xx

  3. Wonderful, Elisa! I love that quote too. it's been popping about the place lately. I'm the same, trying to really give my own writing a good go, blogging especially. it's going well this month. I wish you well with your writing. I have a feeling it will grow and grow and grow:) xox

  4. Well said! I'm a big procrastinator and am going to try my best not to let things slide which could have been done months ago!!! And saved myself a lot of angst. Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life! xox

  5. Brilliant quote. So very true. I think I need to make more time for now... X

  6. Reminds me of this cartoon

  7. Oh goodness, I've been putting things on hold for the past 10 years. My husband was active duty military and we moved 7 times in 9 years. We were always in between this or that, so I never would do much. Now we are finally settled and in our permanent/forever home. I know sometimes it's good to wait for the right time, but usually my philosophy is: "Seize the day!"

  8. Oh I just love this post. I feel like this has been my life for the last few years. Granted I have been pregnant and had two babies in that time, but I have felt like my life was on hold a little. I'm taking steps to try and change that this year and maybe just maybe do the things I've always wanted to do. #weekendrewind


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