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“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.”

– Chinese proverb

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When I came across this quote it pretty much stopped me in my tracks.  Looking at things through this lens, I can’t help thinking I’ve spent far too much time waiting on my life.

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Once I’m in college I’ll be able to study what I want.

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After I graduate I’ll have more time to write.

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Eventually I’ll get around to reading those books I’ve tucked away.

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There’s plenty of time to finish the office.

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I feel like there’s something more I should be doing with my life, but I don’t know what that is.

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Looking back I see all of these pauses in my life, moments when I put things off because the timing didn’t seem right.  Or I thought there’d always be enough time to get around to them.

I see now what I didn’t know then.  The timing will never seem perfect, and no one has a guarantee of more time.

Yes, there are things I should have done years ago, but it’s not too late.  The second best time to do them is now.  The only thing worse than not trying would be to wait 20 more years before beginning. The time is now.

There will always be something that takes my time – the kids, the house, volunteering, the dogs, my own stuff – but I’m the only one with the power to give up my dreams.

And I don’t plan to give up on me.