Someday is Today
I hear people say different versions of “someday….” almost every single day, for big things and little. As in, “I’ll get to that (whatever that is for you), SOMEDAY”.
“I’m going to get around to taking that class once my schedule frees up a bit”
“I’m going to ask her out next month after I’ve beefed up a bit”
“I’ll post a family picture once I’ve lost the baby weight”
And then there are the less tangible examples that are actually scarier. These are the things that you don’t even realize you’re delaying but you know you want more out of life, but don’t feel “ready” to start really living the life you want.
You might think…
“Tomorrow will be different”
“Next month will be a fresh start”
“In the new year, THAT’S when I’ll really get going”
The “I’ll-get-to-that-once-things-slow-down” syndrome is real and like a virus, it can lay dormant inside of you.
One day in high school I realized I had a slightly varied version of this as I was musing about how amazing college was going to be. I would be able to live on my own and drink a wine cooler while doing my homework (my romantic spin on adult-hood).
And then it hit me; I had similar romantic notions about high school when I was in Jr. High. I thought how cool it would be to be able to drive myself to school instead of taking the bus and that I’d have a choice about which classes I could take.
And then I remembered that I used to be excited about going to Jr. High when I was I was still in elementary school. I was over the moon at the notion of having my locker (with my own combo lock! OO-LA-LA!)
And yes, you guessed it. I could trace this ALL the way back 1st grade, my first real class. I remember thinking “I can’t WAIT till I’m old enough to get homework” (What?) But really, I was excited at the notion of being more adult than I was right then. Even at the ripe old age of 7, I had already mastered the art of not being present in the moment and taking advantage of the NOW.
Whether you’ve experienced my not being in the moment (for most of your life) and or the “I’ll get to that someday”, you’re not here today. Don’t delay your joy. Do something today that you’ve been putting off. And enjoy today without worrying about tomorrow. You deserve it!
What are YOU going to do today?
This article was previously written and featured on my website www.lifeisbigstartsmall.com. I’m re-sharing today as I’m lucky enough to be at a Jack Canfield conference where some of these thoughts were mentioned today and I felt inspired to post again.