Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sitting on the Sideline of Life?

Lately I’ve been challenging myself to do things I’ve always wanted but didn’t believe I could, deserved to or had time for.

Having a young child and saying goodbye to my previous careers has made me realize that there truly is no time like the present.

So many of us sit back and watch other people pursue their/our dreams. I can either create my own path or helplessly hope.

My sister always tells people, this is your time. I agree with her, it’s no fun sitting on the sideline of life.

What about you, is there anything you’ve wanted to try but haven’t, yet?

14 comments:

  1. Sure! Little things - like learn to sew, become fluent in arabic & french, take a pottery class, you know.. the little things! :-)

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  2. There are so many things that I'd like to try. It's finding the time between working full-time and raising the kids that make it difficult. For now, I'm fitting in little things while enjoying being with the family.

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  3. I have trouble thinking up those dreams. I used to be such a dreamer - maybe that's the thing I want to get back into doing.

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  4. There really is no time like right now to do the things we want! It is something I think we all have a hard time with. We may want things, but we don't go the distance. I also have things I would like to do and need to get going! Have a great weekend TV! The pictures of KLV in the right sidebar are so cute!

    Mama Hen

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  5. Hmm...I've been meaning to run a 10K or half marathon but I'm always too lazy to actually train for it. Maybe I'll try to motivate myself. If I sign up for one, then I'll HAVE to train, right?

    Happy Sunday!

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  6. The trouble for me is that I don't quite know what my dreams are!! I am so indecisive. I would love to be the kind of person who is good at one thing and has a passion for one thing. I'm all over the shop!! But, you're right, it's no fun being in the audience when we all belong on the stage. Thanks for the reminder. x

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  7. Half the time I'm not sure what my dream is or what I'm supposed to do next? This is where I'm at now in my life - trying to figure out that next chapter!

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  8. TV, you always ask such great questions. Definitely a gift/talent you have there :) I have tried a lot of things I wanted to; my problem is focusing on one thing and sticking to it! Mama Hen is right, it takes going the distance to pursue our dreams and time with our loved ones is precious commodity. To balance the two in a way that maximizes creativity and care for others is my dream.

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  9. I always wanted to learn how to sew from my grandmother, and never did. But I have always wanted to do a triathlon, maybe this post will motivate me enough to sign up :)

    have a great day!

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  10. Great question. I think you are right, there is no time like the present. We aren't getting any younger and tomorrow isn't a guarantee. Although, I'm not a huge dreamer, the dreams I have are just to be healthy, happy, and to raise my girls with self confidence and values. I'm working toward that daily. Also, there's nothing like a bucket list to motivate you to do some things you normally wouldn't!

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  11. Hmmmm...I'll have to think about that. Can I say my Shutterfly photo books? I need to make time for that! I need to be doing that right now...but, it's more fun to be on your blog looking at your beautiful girl and reading your wise words!

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  12. I understand what Kelley said! I would just like to have time to catch up on my scrapbooking. Overall, I don't feel cheated out of doing anything. I am happy. But it would be nice sometimes to have time to scrapbook, or read a good book and be able to finish it. I would love to have a full night of silence, all to myself. But then I would open my family back with open arms because I would have missed them.

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  13. Yes, I want to start my own business. We can't give up on our hopes and dreams--especially if we want our kids not to give up on theirs!

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  14. I think a big part of not sitting on the sidelines is not losing sight of what you want to do with your life. It is so easy to direct all of your energy into nurturing and caring for your little one(s), that you put yourself on the back burner. There are so many things that you can still do for yourself while raising kids-with a little organization. I'm working on my list of things I'd like to do in life: travel to Europe/Africa, learn about and visit a rain forest, accompany doctors without borders (or something similar), etc. I can't do all of these things right now, but having the list helps me realize that they will one day be within my grasp. That helps me feel as if I'm living in the present moment where I'm supposed to be AND there is more to come!

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