"If Not Now, When..."

7:00 AM

the evening light through the door

Yesterday I pinned this and it really stuck with me. "If Not Now, When..." I feel like I have so many goals that I want to work towards and something is always holding me back. And really, the only thing that's holding me back is me.  I want to start my own company. I want to make a difference in the world. I want to do so much. I've been slacking for sure- probably due to moving and just plain busy. It's no excuse, but I think with all the change that has happened this year, I'm just hungry for more. 

I haven't watched Grey's Anatomy in so long, but when I did I loved the writer for the show. One quote that I've carried with me was from an episode in Season 1. I just love it and I hope you guys do too!
"A couple hundred years ago Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that 'til tomorrow, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity; you'd think we'd pay more attention to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things off, but if I had to guess it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of pain, fear of rejection. Sometimes the fear if just of making a decision. Because... What if you're wrong? What if you make a mistake you can't undo? Whatever it is we're afraid of, one thing holds true: That by the time the pain of not doing the thing gets worse than the fear of doing it, it can feel like we're carrying around a giant tumor. And you thought I was speaking metaphorically... 'The early bird catches the worm.' 'A stitch in time saves nine.' 'He who hesitates is lost.' We can't pretend we haven't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time; heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still, sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin meant. That knowing is better than wondering. That waking is better than sleeping. And that even the biggest failure, even the worst most intractable mistake, beats the hell out of not trying."

If you're needing a little motivation as well, I hope this helps! Happy Wednesday! 

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7 comments

  1. If not now, when...? I hear you! Always good to be reminded. And you it put so well.

    - Christie

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  2. Emily, this was perfect motivation. Your words plus the Grey's Anatomy quote was spot on. Thank you for this!

    -Courtney

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  3. Perfect motivation! I feel like I'm in the same boat with putting off so many things I want to do. It's getting harder to use my same excuses to justify my inaction; I just need to stop delaying and take the leap!

    Emily

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  4. This so relates to how I have been feeling lately. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing!

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  5. Hey there! I found your blog through instagram and I have to say I love your photos! :)

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  6. Love this. So inspiring. That quote rings so true for me right now.

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