Today was my first day off for the summer. It seemed like I ought to feel liberated and free, kinda like Sheila commented after this post. The thing is, the freedom from a daily job brings some hefty baggage along for the ride.
Gone now are the excuses, the reasons for doing a little less than should be expected. I can’t really say now, “I’m tired” or “I worked all day, I need a break” or anything else along those lines. All the pretense and bullshit has been stripped away. Do it or not, there are no excuses.
When I think in those terms, everything seems a bit clearer, a bit more real, as if I am not hiding anything from myself anymore. There’s a kicker though. If the things that I am working toward are things that I really want, there never should have been any excuses in the first place. If you want something you have a character imperative to move forward.
In a literal sense, if you were ever confronted by an all-powerful genie or whatever, and they said “I am giving you the choice to make your life fuller and more rewarding, or to stay exactly how it is, choose” who could honestly say they would choose no change?
An excuse is the same as choosing nothing.
Take your incredibly intimidating task and bust it up into tiny pieces and do one, right now if you have to. Do you have a goal that sounded full of promise and light several months ago but sits neglected here and now? Dust that thing off and move forward already.