1.  BUSYNESS. You are simply so involved in the day to day. Running from home to work, to ball practice, thru a drive-thru and then back home. It’s laundry, bills, cleaning, and the continuous cycle of the day to day. Years go by and you are unaware that your life is no longer under your control. Small things become overly important and you feel like you “have to” do things that later in life you just might not agree that where that important.
  2. RATIONALIZATION. It’s not a good time. It’s never going to be a good time. That moment that you think will come that will be just right may never come. You need to grab it.  I was half-serious about writing a year ago, more serious a couple months ago, and dead serious when I got the call that a close relative was having a biopsy to test for cancer. Rationalization was displaced and the realization of the fragility of life has become my motivation to make today a good time.
  3. PAIN OF CHANGE. I write during my breaks at work, in the car, early on weekend mornings, do my MBA homework at lunch, two hours every night and all weekend. I listen to podcasts on my commute to work, read as much as I can, go on trips that inspire creativity, work a second job, am trying to start my first e-book, deal with a life and career crisis, raise children, deal with adult children, remodel the house, and just more and more and more. It’s painful to start something new now, but it’s a part of who I am and that’s important enough to go through the pain of change. I won’t always have all this on my plate and when that happens I want to have my hobby, side project, or side hustle well on the way to becoming a large part of my life. What about you?

 There are two kinds of people. People who watch people make things happen and people who make things happen. Which one are you? We are our greatest enemy. 

 A month ago my middle aged worn torn husband confessed he wanted to create something. It took him a while to get it out, but he finally told me that he wanted to build Viking boats. The power of his confession was the fact that when he was a teenager he was discouraged from pursuing his drawing. He would never make a living doing that. He now has a small spark that has lit on fire and wants to pursue what he truly loves. By all rights this isn’t the right time for him to start something new, but it’s the only time. He should never have stopped drawing in the first place and he should start building if that’s where his passion is leading him. Viking boats? Why not. 

What would you admit you want to do if given the opportunity? What is holding you back from starting? 

 Marcy Pedersen


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