If you’re waiting for a nod from the powers that be to do something you’re secretly dying to do, you’re wasting your time…literally. The powers that be — you know, “those people” whose permission you expect? They really don’t care about you and what you do or don’t do. At least not as much as you think.
For most of us, including this Southern woman, we bought (because we were taught!) that we were supposed to please others. Pleasant bosses and others in real or imagined authority were expected, if not required, of us.
There is correct order. There is security in submission. And disappointment and regret fill the last days of an unlived life.
I recently had lunch with a few of my male contemporaries who have both already settled into “end of the road” mode. As I was talking passionately about some of my upcoming ventures and projects, these two pointedly asked me, “When are you going to slow down?” There was even the suggestion that there was something dysfunctional about my makeup that I would make big plans “at my age”!
I find pleasure in creating. Creating and building are my hobbies. Why would I ever want to “slow down” and stop doing the things I love to do?
If you’re waiting for “permission” from someone outside of yourself – or from that little voice in your own head – to do something you’ve been dying to do… Don’t die before you do. ‘have done !