This idea has been weighing on my brain for the last week, and I have come to learn that when this happens it must mean I need to get it out on virtual paper. The idea is this: Just do it.
"It." The thing you know you want to do. The conversation you know you should have. The workout you know you should start. The goal you know you want to achieve. The dude you want to ask out. The tattoo you want to get. The job change you want to make. Just do it already. Any part of it. Doesn't have to be the whole thing. Just start.
We build up these scenarios that keep us in our comfort zone. We think we have to be a "runner" to sign up for a race. We think we have to be a "yogi" to enjoy a class. We think we should wait until a certain day to start that budget, begin that job search, try that morning routine, or insert any goal here. It's our way of putting off the action. We think if we don't have it all figured out that it's irresponsible to begin. I call bull shit.
Run one mile. Apply for one job. Live one day inside the budget. Hell, say no to one thing you would normally buy and then go about the rest of your day like normal. Cook one good meal. Wake up one morning and try to meditate. Just do something. Why? Because our minds are playing tricks on us. And why is that? Because it's easier to say "we could have been so and so if we tried, we just never had the opportunity" than "I tried and couldn't cut it." So why not trick your mind back? Why don't we shift viewing success from "I am only a runner if I complete a marathon" to "If I get up and run at all today, technically I am a runner." Or, "I'll only be able to change jobs if I fully commit to job boards 2 hours a day and have a miracle come through" to "If I apply to one job a week from now until Christmas, I'll have not only applied to 10 different jobs, but I'll have opened myself up for other random occurrences that might lead to a job outside of internet boards." Because here is where I am going to get woo woo here. We have to take a step first, in order for God/The Universe/whatever you want to call it to meet us with assistance.
I don't believe we are just handed miracles. We have to take the first step. It's a balance between taking things into your own hands, while simultaneously admitting that a little help from someone wiser might be nice. We are capable, but that does not mean we should go at things alone. We have reservoirs of wisdom and guidance around us if we just ask for it. But even if you don't believe in the cosmic shit, it's still sound reasoning that if you want anything to change, you have to take the first step.
You don't need the fancy shoes to run. You don't need a fancy degree to do what you love (most of the time. If you love Law, well then figure out a way to get that fancy degree.) You don't need a class pass to do yoga. Google it. You don't need a Vitamix to make a good smoothie - a $25 blender will do just fine. You don't need a membership to work out, a title to create creations, or validation to feel attractive - we don't need any of that.
Say the words, move the body, write the article, start the blog, lock down the LLC before you have a business plan - DO THE THING and the rest will follow. It might not be in the timeframe or manner that you planned, but if you do the thing, the rest will follow. I promise. It's happened over and over again for me. And yet I still get scared. But I didn't run a a marathon because I felt ready, or get my yoga teacher certification because I felt qualified, or start a blog because I thought anyone would care. I'm not living in Mexico because I have any fucking clue what I am doing. But I did it anyways, and things are starting to reveal themselves to me. (I'm close to being able to articulate what these things are, and as soon as I get there I will post on them.)
I'm also not saying I am happy and have things figured out. But this topic has been weighing on my mind and heart so I'm just throwing it out there. I'm living this advice. I am posting it before I feel ready. Because I like writing. I like this. So I am doing it.
For now, I just want us all to start to do the thing. I want us all to stop waiting until we are ready because we are afraid we will "fail." Maybe everyone else will judge you, who knows - I can't promise people won't. But I promise to be one person who won't. I don't care what you look like or how your path looks. I want you to know there is at least one person out here that thinks you should do what you want to do, and whether you make it to the end or not, I think even taking that first step is pretty fucking cool.
I didn't mean for this to be a pep talk post. Especially since I don't think many people will read it, so I'm kind of pep talking no one. But my fingers started going and kept going so I'm just gonna roll with it. So if you're the one person reading this (HI MOM) and it gives you the motivation to take one step you have been putting off, then I guess that's what this was for.
Now here's some pictures from this week that have nothing to do with anything I just said, but I like them and it's my blog.