What gets your juices flowing?Have you ever thought about doing something and you get this feeling inside that excites you? As you think about it it brings a smile to your face? You feel inspired to do it again and again.
Have you always wanted to travel somewhere, to see something or experience something but have never gotten around to it?
This can be known as procrastination, however it can also be something deeper than that too. When you think about these things you may feel some trepidation or have some negative self talk that takes over, you may even tell yourself some of these statements;
When the kids get older,
When I have more time,
When I earn a certain income,
When we are not in such a hurry,
My partner doesn't think its a good idea,
It was a silly idea anyway, who would want to do that?
This can be some of the self talk that we have that holds us back from just doing it. If I have learned anything over the past few years it's that life is way to short to put things off. Life can change in a heartbeat and you may not be able to go and do the things you want to do. It could be a number of things I haven't even mentioned here, take some time to write them down so you can reflect on this after you have finished reading my blog. Just do it!
This morning it's 6am and I am sitting on the beach as the sun comes up writing this blog....just to be able to do this makes me smile. It feels truly authentic to be doing what I love and to have set up my life to be able to write where I want, when I want.
When desire drives you
Let me just take you back a few years so you know that I walk the talk at about 75% percent of the time, and I am working towards walking my talk 100% of the time. More than 30 years ago I was drawn to Anzac day and was intrigued to hear the stories of the battles to better understand what it was all about, what this meant for us and our freedom. I don't recall marching in the Anzac parade as a child but I do recall my children always marching in the parade. I also recall my Uncle Rubin who was in one of the wars marching every year. This intrigued me and I then started thinking later in life about Kokoda and for about 3-4 years I had this deep desire in me to trek Kokoda but was scared to do this alone.
After a few very tumultuous years going through a divorce I decided it was time to step outside of my comfort zone and commit. On April 18th 2012 I flew out to Port Moresby to start my journey. It was scary and exciting all at the same time but I knew deep in side me it was something I had to do. This took between 6-9 Months of preparation and it was life changing but more importantly it was doing something I had a deep desire to do and just went for it.
Read a blog on my Kokoda journey part 1
Read about Part 2 of my Kokoda journey
Making memories - Isn't this what life is all about?
I wanted my Mum and Dad to have at least 1 overseas trip in their life as as they were creeping up to their 70's it was time to fulfill this dream. In October 2012 it was time to take Mum and Dad on a Cruise, a Carnival Cruise. Now cruises are actually more affordable than a holiday at the Gold Coast. Again self talk can dismiss the possibilities (its too expensive, we could never afford it).
Not only did we achieve this my Mum and Dad had the best time and I got to see them enjoy something they never thought possible. They visited Islands and watched us snorkel, tasted exotic foods and made memories they can cherish forever.
Whilst spending time at the coast with my family I loved the water and have a great fear of sharks and other deadly things in the ocean. I also had a desire to Kayak, safe and at a distance from biting things. So in 2011 I created more business on the coast, was able to visit my family and learn how to kayak in Huskison NSW. This was in a beautiful area that was down calm waters as I built my confidence up. Now it is 2016 and I Kayak out in the open ocean, paddle board at the beach and snorkel in shallow wasters in the ocean. I am now also learning to swim in the ocean for better fitness and also I feel so peaceful swimming in a place I used to fear.
Our Little piece of paradise
Another desire was to have a little getaway down the coast to be able to retreat to and have some down time, as my Dad would say you have to "work to live not live to work". Now I agree with this to a degree but I also know that I love what I do in my work and I don't feel its hard work. It also provides me with a life that I could never have imagined. This plan I worked on with my partner for about 12 months and we now have our own little getaway after some blood sweat and tears to make it ours. We often refer to this as our little piece of paradise and feel so grateful to have been able to create such a sanctuary.
Now there are lots of examples in my life where I just go for it and "Just do it" Jump out of a plane, change the direction of my business after losing 100K in income for the following year after government makes changes in our industry, trek Kokoda on my own without knowing a single person and lots more which will all be in my book, however my next journey will be in May 2017 where I will embark on a 800km walk "El Camino" Now this will be a significant journey and one I am extremely excited about.
So what have you been waiting for, what journey should you be experiencing? What conversations would you like to have that would get you more inspired to get started. What could you do today to start a new movement in your life. Just in case you need a reminder life is pretty short so its time to take the bull by the horns and start doing the things you want to do, don't wait for something else to happen before you go after your desires.
Get started with a Bucket List
The best way to get started is to write down a bucket list of 100 things you would like to do, 100 is not that many so it wont take you long to get there.
What books do you want to read, what movies or plays do you want to see, what experiences would you like to have? Anything is possible you just have to do it!
I once heard a saying that puts things into perspective for men who like fishing. If you love fishing but you only go fishing once a year and your in your 40's, at 80 you would have only gone fishing 40 more times. Ladies wear those shoes, don't wait for a special occasion and leave them hidden. What have you put off or what don't you think you deserve to experience?
Till Next time, live passionately and make beautiful memories.....Just do it!
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