When I was younger, I used to be able to stay up all night with no problems. Not anymore. After a red-eye flight on Thursday night and then another on Saturday morning, I’m feeling my age today. I’m not the spring chicken I used to be.
Having not pulled an all-nighter since my early 20’s, I was actually looking forward to it on Friday night. I imagined drinking cup after cup of coffee through the wee hours of the morning. Laughing, being slap happy and having fun, while waiting to catch our early morning flight. What’s better than that?
Sleep. Sleep is better. It’s been two days and I’m still recovering. How do teenagers do this?
On Thursday night’s flight, while eavesdropping on the conversation behind me, I got highly motivated. Listening in on others’ conversations is not something I would normally do, but this particular discussion got my attention. A man was talking with his seat neighbor about her goals in life. She mentioned having goals and dreams, but was afraid to seek after them because it would require changes in her life.
In response, he told her “Stop letting fear keep you from going after your dreams. You have to just jump in. There’s never going to be a right time. The time is now.”
I thought of the many dreams I have in life. Some are small, but they are dreams nonetheless. Others will require a lot of sacrifice. As the man behind me said, there’s never a right time. There will always be something in our way. An excuse to procrastinate, to stop us from going after our dreams. But how will we ever reach our goals, if we never take the first step?
Upon coming back home, I began making a list. A list of my goals and my dreams. I’ve realized that one thing that makes me discontent in life, is not accomplishing what I know I must accomplish. Often times, I criticize myself for not being good enough. The reason, is because I have not reached many of my goals, nor have I made much effort to do so.
Procrastination brings disappointment in oneself. Why live that way, when I can change it? As the man said, “Stop letting fear keep you from going after your dreams.”
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu