We spend so much time waiting. Waiting for the right time. Waiting to grow up. Waiting for other people. Waiting for permission. Just waiting.
I was browsing pinterest this morning. Super productive pastime… I know. But as I was going through photos, I found myself thinking… that would be nice “one day”.
Then I caught myself and wondered what the heck would I be waiting for. Why not now? And if not now, when? So often we wait, thinking that a better time will come along. One less busy, or more perfect… but two, five, or twenty years down the road we look back and realize. That was the perfect, less busy time. We just were too busy looking for the perfect moment that we weren’t experiencing the perfect moment.
Now, some things are worth waiting for. And you can’t always have everything you want just because you want it now. Striking that balance between action and planning can be tricky. Too much planning and you end up with inaction. Too much impulsivity, and you end up with poor decisions.
When it comes to writing though. I think a lot of people wait. They wait for someone to tell them that they can. You can’t write a book because your too young or I can’t write a book because it’s too hard. You can’t write a book because you don’t know how or I can’t write a book because my ideas aren’t good enough, you can’t write a book because….. When really, it’s a book. Not only that, it’s your book. You can do whatever you want with it.
Just write it already. Being too young for something is probably the biggest lie out there. At least when it comes to writing. Age is irrelevant. Either you can do it, or you can’t. And yeah, writing a book isn’t exactly the easiest thing ever. But it’s not the hardest either. It’s one of those things that has gained a reputation of being a lot harder than it actually is. And the even better kept secret/lie. You won’t know how to write a book, until you do it. So not writing a book because you don’t know how… is just a fulfilling prophecy. As for bad ideas… they are out there so who knows, it could actually be bad. But here’s the thing. It’s a big world and your not going to make everyone happy. You could have the best idea ever and someone will still find a reason to hate it. Same as you could have the worst idea out there and I bet you anything… that eventually someone will find a reason to like it.
Thing is, you won’t know until you try. And you aren’t getting any younger. So my advice for the day (week/month/year) if you want to write a book, write it. The only thing stopping you is yourself.