So much for my first post that I have been thinking and procrastinating for last few days!! If there was a challenge for procrastination maybe 99% of us would win without even trying. While the 1% will bask in the glory of having done something, something that they were afraid to create but were not paralyzed by that fear. Especially for creative folks procrastination is killer of the passion and talent that lies within them. Even though it’s said that it is never too late to do something you could have done, there is a kind of people whose passions and dreams die with passing time as they get adjusted to their lives that they may not have opted for if not for life support.
“I wonder what becomes of lost opportunities? Perhaps our guardian angel gathers them up as we drop them, and will give them back to us in the beautiful sometime when we have grown wiser, and learned how to use them rightly.”
~ Helen Keller
Perhaps this quote stand right for those who do not give up.
Those times are gone when people used to be distracted by running squirrels or a fight in the streets, now it’s time for ultra-procrastination. This is the age of internet, both a blessing and curse. You start by looking for some inspiration googling words like “what should I write today?” hahaha, then you click on one post and then another and before you know you are reading “30 quotes that will help you write better”, “10 reasons you should be keeping a journal” and that goes on and on until you realize that a few hours have passed by, your neck aches and you are having a internet-hangover and you decide to rest a bit! Some expertise in procrastination comes with lots and lots of practice and to be true I am one of those bunch too but from time to time I leave my procrastination zone and do stuff that I really need/want to do.
There’s a huge difference in need & want. Surely I do not need my cell phone or computer 24*7 everyday but I may want it and maybe I do need my cell phone if I need to call someone. But self-control is almost down in the gutter. Is it so difficult to live without Facebook and Google everyday? Most people get away to mountains and private cabins and faraway islands to have some fun time with family or friends or their lover and get busy taking pictures and posting them on Facebook as if without that life would lose its meaning! Like that was less, now there are cell phones that can be charged using sunlight specially designed for hikers, like they went all the way on the mountains to call their pal & say, “You know what Foxy, I am standing on bla bla bla! Wish you were here. I miss you so much, I am coming back.” Hopefully this has not been introduced in India or like a lot of exciting things I have missed it too!
Like a lot of words procrastination comes from Latin language and what a meaning, Procrastino- meaning “put of till tomorrow”, just being in favor of doing some thing tomorrow because hey science has gone to new heights and now it’s impossible to die! :p Still we are afraid of dying and we are much more afraid of living. While I write this I am thinking back on those few days that I wasted instead of writing something that meant something to me and would be of some value to someone out there. How bloody idiotic of me! I am smiling now as I write this, it’s so much fun.
I would like to mention another one of my favorite ladies right now;
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life and the procedure. The process is its own reward.”
~ Amelia Earhart
Writing is fun and if you put off something you enjoy, in the end its detrimental to yourself. Although it’s difficult to enjoy what you love to do as you keep asking yourself if anyone beside yourself is going to like what you are putting on a piece of paper or over internet. There is a magic that lies beyond fear and self-loathing. Perhaps it’s time even I gave up on my laziness and start writing again.
Don’t wish away your years do something with the time given to you, for your time is limited and the clock is ticking as fast as your fast life.
In the past few years life has taken drastic turns for me and this one is another such turn. So today as I begin a new day (practically it’s almost midnight here!) I intend to make more mistakes and learn from them and keep going and procrastinate less and less. I am going to make a schedule for posts and stick to it.
I wrote this line in one of my old blogs which I would like to repeat, “May we all live.”
I know this isn’t enough to inspire anyone to stop procrastinating and do something… So here’s a fabulous TED Talk by someone I never knew about till I saw this video but I loved his approach, his name is Tim Urban and he is a blogger too. Thanks so much Jim Ruebush for sharing this link with me. It’s great to have you around. 🙂
Live. Love. Inspire
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