Today I saw a quote on Tumblr. Something about not wanting to die wishing that you had more time to do the things you wanted, so you should just do them today. I immediately reblogged it because, like duh, I agreed with it. My life seems to be a long list of things that I want to do, but never seem to have time for. Half of the time I’m afraid to start cutting these lists down because I think that they might get in the way of completing my goals. However, I feel like if I continue on with this line of thinking, I will never truly enjoy life. So today I just did.
One of my big life goals is to get in shape, so I got a friend that I knew would push me relentlessly to help me with a workout plan. This morning I got up and “jogged” a mile with him to what Pandora considers dance cardio. The idea was to get me to run a mile in under ten minutes, but I’m still out of shape at the moment so it’s a work in progress. When I got home, after a shower and three more hours of sleep, I got up, ate, and finally folded up those clothes that I had been allowing to clutter up my room for the last two weeks. In the process of folding, I began something I had wanted to do for over a year: finally watch those last few seasons of Futurama.
That doesn’t sound like much, but I’m the type of person that takes years to get around to things that everyone else has finished and probably mastered. I have a backlog of anime to watch, including but not limited to the original run of Sailor Moon, all four or five series of Tenchi Muyo, the other three books of Avatar: The Last Air Bender, and damn near every anime ever recommended to me. There was even a point in my life where I was a serial torrenter, and I have more unread books (eBook or otherwise) than I even know what to do with. I keep telling myself that I will bring my numbers down, but I seem to just keep adding to them.
In any case, I really wanted to catch up on Futurama because I know it had ended sometime last year, and I wanted to experience that ending (and everything that lead up to it) myself. And in the process of catching up, I have finally painted my fingernails, and paid for full access to that dating site my friend recommended (that 50% special really helped). Honestly, I feel accomplished.
I told myself, like I always tell myself, that this three-day weekend I would actually get around to doing the things that I needed. What I didn’t realize was that I would also do the things that I wanted. Some would say that I just needed a little push, but what it really was was that I just needed to make myself get up and do it.
Drastic changes do not happen over night, they come slowly over time. No one should spend the rest of their lives putting off the things that they want for the things that they need, because you never know when you’ll actually get to do them – or if you’ll even be able to do them when you finally get the time. We only have today, so why not do the things that you want to do while still doing the things that you need? You have the time right now, so go do it.