This morning, as I was getting ready for the day, I turned on the TV to “The View.” Normally, I would click right past it. Those women drive me crazy. However, today they were interviewing Zack Efron about the release of his new movie, “17 Again,” a movie that I want to see. They were discussing a movie offer that he had turned down (the new release of “Footloose”) and asked him why in the world he would make that decision. He mentioned that he wanted to start moving in a new direction with his movies and get away from musical type comedies. Whoopie asked him why right now in his life. His answer, to me, was so poignant, “If not now, then when.” As much as I can not believe that I am quoting Zack Efron, I was really struck by his words.
I have been thinking about this all day today. I look at my life and see how many times I use the words of procrastination. In a while, later, eventually, sometime, maybe, and someday are all words that I use on a daily basis. I use them when I don’t want to get something done immediately, when it is bad weather out on the day the kids want to go to the zoo, when I look at my garage and sigh wishing that I could park in it, or even when I am making my bucket list. I do not like this about myself and it is something that I want to change. If I don’t do it now, then I won’t do it.
I am going to try to take these words and phrases out of my vocabulary and replace them with dates, times, goals and alternatives. Instead of eventually getting a new dentist, I am going to call tomorrow. Instead of maybe writing a book, I will start keeping a journal of my ideas today. Instead of someday driving down the coast of California in a convertible, I am planning it for June 2012!
I have fallen into the thought that I will have time, someday, for all that I want to do in life. Sometimes, someday never comes. I want to live my life to the absolute fullest now! If I don’t do it now, then when will I start?