You can do something.
Yes you can.
I didn’t say anything and everything.
Trying to do everything or anything is a trap for perfectionists and procrastinators alike. The former works with great intensity, but never gets anywhere, because there is always everything to do. And the latter, gets nothing done, because they are never ready, forever waiting, never feeling good enough, for anything.
Anything is like foolishly grasping for a cow’s teat in the dark, when you know, you’re lactose intolerant.
Everything is simply unrealistic and stupid.
So, go and do something.
Something doesn’t have to be perfect, but you do have to begin.
You have to begin today.
Remember, that you don’t have to be great to begin, but you do have to begin in order to be great. (Zig Ziglar)
So, start right now.
Find something to do. Something purposeful. Something meaningful. Something that will reimagine your life and give you a second childhood.
How, you say?
It doesn’t matter.
Think back to your early years and begin there. Look for your dreams. Look for any forgotten pinky swears. Look for things you promised you would do. Look for something that you might have forgotten, which made you feel so good inside. So happy. So alive. So divinely human.
On a piece of paper, perhaps in a stream of consciousness, write down anything and everything that comes to mind. Somewhere in the distorted anythings and everythings, you will find your something.
You will discover your something. Your purpose. Your new direction.
I had forgotten how much I loved to write.
For the last eighteen years, I devoted myself to teaching young people how to become better writers and thinkers, but in the process, of making a very comfortable living, I forgot to write myself.
I found my something.
I’m at the beginning steps of writing something. A hesitant beginning towards something great.
I don’t know where I am going, or what I am really doing, but when I look around, I see painters, musicians, and other writers, doing their thing, every day.
Writing is difficult enough, and to be rewarded and blessed by making a living at it, is infinitely more so.
Part of me is scared and uncertain but I have carefully avoided the trap of everything and anything. I have begun. Begun to do something.
This blog is my something. Quintessential Quotables and Diggin’ Ditches is the next thing.
I write every day.
I reach my word count. I ship it, and awkwardly begin the process of telling the world about it.
My steps are unsure, reserved, cautious, but purposeful.
My hope for you, is that you do something too.
It really doesn’t take much, to do something. To do something every day.
To dream. To plan. To learn. To be and do.
Don’t get overwhelmed with everything and settle for anything.
Become something. Dream something. Dig something. Fall in love with something.
Become something you were meant to be.
Be great one day, but begin today.