Dreamers like Dias, Einstein, Beethoven, and Washington are having tea together in the post-life world and they’re disappointed.
When I tell people of my plans to live and work internationally starting in January (just for six months), I get a lot of “wow, I wish I could do that” type of comments. I give them a sad smile because, just by saying that, I know they likely aren’t ever going to. Where have the dreamers gone? Why are we so likely to dismiss the idea that we can make great things happen in our lives? Or is the issue that we keep putting it off for another time?
My favorite concept learned from my teacher training course was that life comes from us, not at us. Incredible, isn’t it? Accept this as truth and things start to change immediately. You can choose how you react to things, and you can choose what direction your life goes in. No, no one is going to flat-out offer you the opportunity to move to South Africa and hang out with the penguins. But if that sounds like something your life needs, YOU can decide to go.
It’s as easy as that.
Now you’re saying, “well of course she can say that, she’s just a college kid, no responsibilities, no this or that…” and you should take a moment to recognize what other excuses you’ve been making. What have you missed out on because you labeled it as too much work, or that it’s too late? Nevermind the effect that you’re having on the small people in your life. Now, I haven’t “raised” anything but a hermit crab, but everyone has a child in their life, whether it’s that kid on the train each morning screaming his head off, or it actually came from you. They’re all watching YOU to see how you react to life, and they listen pretty well too. If you make excuses, they will too someday.
We tend to think that things happen to other people, not ourselves. It’s this “not me” attitude that is preventing us from fully exploring our world. Other people help the homeless, other people backpack across Italy, other people meditate.
Now, don’t leave here wallowing in a puddle of regret. That’s not the idea. Start now – it’s not too late to live in the present. My grandfather on my mother’s side turned 78 years old just a few weeks ago. He jumped in the lake and pulled on a pair of waterskis to show off just how great it is to be one year older. My grandmother on the other side of the family is hiking the El Camino Trail in Spain in a few months – it will take her 30 days and she’s never done this trail before. She also doesn’t speak a word of Spanish. If they heard all of your excuses right now, they’d both say “SCREW THAT.” It’s never too late to start living the life you want.
I heard of a girl wearing a shirt that said “Just Doing It” instead of Nike’s usual tagline. I’m not telling you to “just do it”, I’m saying you better be doing it.
Come back next week for a bit more about Northeastern’s co-op program (co-op is what they call the awesome six month trip I’m taking) and how we’re a really an entire school full of dreamers 🙂