How many of us have said:
“I’ll start that project…someday.”
“Someday, I’m going to clean out that closet.”
“Someday, I’m going to run a marathon.”
“Someday, I’m going to start exercising.”
“Someday, I’m going to finish that degree.”
“Someday I’m going to (fill in the blank)“
When we say “someday” are we really saying: “any time but just not today.” Is “someday” just a way of using the future to excuse our present?
Is it because we’re terrified of the vastness of the task looming over us? Like a gigantic everest we have to climb? No wonder we put it off until all the conditions are right. Until we will be up for it. Until… Someday.
I once heard an award-winning, best-selling YA novelist say something that has helped me with just this. When asked by a child what made her want to write novels, she said: “Oh I don’t write novels. I’d be too scared. I write three pages a day.”
Start that project. Write that letter. Take the first step–however tiny–today.
I want to live today, not yesterday or tomorrow. We only have today. The rest is not here or now or ours. But we do have today.
What are you going to do with yours?
I leave you with some lines from one of my most favorite poems by one of my most favorite poets:
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
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