I’m going to back-track to 2012, when I left my first job out of college and went back and forth about moving to New York City. It’s always been a dream of mine, and I still hope I end up there one day. I had roommates lined up and was ready to sign a lease for a beautiful apartment in lower Manhattan, but it didn’t feel right. I was worried about timing and ultimately decided it wasn’t the right time for me, so I put that dream on hold and stayed in Connecticut for another couple of years until I ended up in San Diego.
Naturally, it worked out, because it always does.
Fast-forward to this past October. I was applying for jobs that were 3000 miles away in San Diego. A whole bunch of jobs. And as much as I wanted to make the move and take this big of a step, I wondered if the timing was right and if I was making a terrible mistake. I talked to a ton of friends, including Brenna, who had made a significant move across country within the year prior, and you know what? She’s doing just fine. Life is good. I also talked to my brother, who moved to Los Angeles (without a job, friends, or an apartment) the summer before. And guess what? Everything worked out.
In the end, the response I always got and what I realized was this:
There will always be reasons to not do things. There is never a right time to do something. Now is the time and it’s the right time. And things will work out because they always do.
I can tell you from experience that this is the truth. It is said so often, it’s so cliche, but really…there might not be a tomorrow, so why wait to do things, why find reasons not to do things, why wait for the right time? Now is the time.
I leave you with a video that another friend sent me when I expressed my fears and doubts. It really affected me and changed the way I thought about things. And hopefully, it’ll help someone else too.
It is always now. However much you feel you may need to plan for the future, to anticipate it, to mitigate the risks, the reality of your life is now. This may sound trite but it’s the truth….as a matter of conscious experience the reality of your life is always now.
In case you can’t see the video below, you can listen to it on YouTube here.