“It all goes away. Eventually, everything goes away” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
I am still young! At 26 that’s safe to say? I can still add to my bucket list and let them sit for a while, until the right time comes. My aspirations can wait, the holidays I want to take can wait, the pottery classes, the restaurant of my dream, everything can wait. Yes in a way they can, assuming you don’t cease to exist anymore! There is no elegant way to put this, I am sorry. We are all turning into dust one day and clock does not seem to stop and what happens to the bucket list then? Does someone take the bucket and empty it in the garbage? Or does someone make it their own to fulfill your dreams so you can be at peace in heaven? Or do you leave no trace of it? Oh this is one depressing piece to write! And my hands are trembling and I almost do not want to complete it! But then, I am going to. For anyone else out there who is like me.
One thing that starting a blog has taught me is that there is no right time and the right time is now. There can be no better time than this current moment. We can make excuses and postpone things we love, things we want to do, people we want to be. I did! For years I wanted to start this blog right here.I was first waiting for my school to get over ,so I have more time and resources to spare. Graduation was a busy time. Then like everyone else in the country, where a degree is the only validation to your knowledge, I plunged into more studies, completing my Master’s! Also doing a full-time job side by side left me with no time! Or that’s what I felt!
And then it hit me! This way, I’d never find time to do anything other than the routine. What gave me the big jolt was the fact that I was getting married in 3 months(to the man of dreams, of course). So I was postponing writing a blog until I get married? Really? Like I would have more time then! Or Until I have kids to look after? Or maybe until I would need my kids to look after me? What time was the right time?
So, finally on a Friday evening after a busy work day, I decided to write my first blog post(check it here). I realized, it took me only an hour, just one single teeny-tiny hour out of my very occupied life, that I thought, I was leading! But the massive wave of blissful satisfaction, of pure joy ,that came from finally doing what I wanted to do, was no comparison whatsoever, to the one lone hour that I had put in. I realized how much time I had wasted finding the right time, given that I was at my busiest, the day I started!
So go ahead! Begin somewhere! Take it one step at a time and you will be in awe with what you end up achieving, in awe of the monumentous memories you end up making, in awe of what you were capable of and didn’t know all this time. Take it slow. Don’t be fearful. I do not believe you need to excel(It’s okay to be average). I believe you need to enjoy the process. Uncomplicate things, be easy on yourself and just enjoy the time you spend perfecting a hobby or taking that Swedish massage in your resort at the foothills of Himalaya, or starting that tiny little vintage shop in your own garage!
I am not asking you to quit your job today, to do something more fulfilling! Because I belong to a third-world Country, and that may be absolutely impractical to many of us! No, nothing drastic ! Just scour through your attractive list and find stuff that you can do now, safely, without risking a lot! Things that make you happy,things that are long pending, long awaiting your approval, long forgotten! Take that lone trip to Spain, or have that bachelorette party you never had, go start that you-tube channel, now, before its easier for you to say ‘I am too old’, or ‘I am too weak’, or ‘this is too obsolete’!
Go do it now, because the second thing that starting a blog has taught me , is that, you always find time for what you love. You just do!
Me? I am gonna go finally learn ballet.