“Every artist was first an amateur.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We all have a finite amount of time on this Earth. About 120 years ago the entire human population was comprised of a completely different set of individuals. So yes, we will all eventually run out of time and die, but why do we let that rule us?
As far as our awareness is concerned, all we have is time. Lots and lots of time. This life is nothing BUT us experiencing the passing of time.
We have an entire life of time to be who we want to be. That’s how I look at it anyway. So…
- Do you want to learn a language?
- Do you want to play an instrument?
- Do you want to become more flexible?
- Do you want to get a graduate degree?
All of these things have one thing in common: They require dedication but if you have passion for it, all you have to do is focus on it a little bit each day and you will get better at it.
- If you want to be flexible, it will take months of dedication to start unwinding the years of tightness. But does that mean you shouldn’t try? Saying you’re too inflexible to do yoga is like saying you’re too dirty to take a bath!
- If you want to be a professional musician, it will take years of practice to become a master. But if you have a passion for music, at least you’re going to be doing something you’ll enjoy for a lifetime!
A lot of people shy away from starting a new endeavor because the whole thing may seem too far-fetched or time consuming. If you look too far ahead into the future, the idea may seem overwhelming and impossible, but with baby steps, you can do anything.
If you have the passion for something, then a least you’re spending the precious moments of your life doing something you actually enjoy. The years are going to pass anyway, so why not have some fun while you’re at it? So don’t delay. Hop to it.
By “Monsieur Dufayel” from Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (one of my favorite movies, ever)