On Your Marks, Get Set... Its Gone.
This is how I feel about the past 4 months. I have been dreaming about moving to Sydney for years, finally I am here. I have been planning the time I come back to New Zealand to explore and see friends… it’s already passed.
Don’t get me wrong it has been an absolute dream. Like seriously I have never felt so out of body. I genuinely can’t believe this is real life. It’s amazing how fast it goes.
Mum would always say to me “No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.”
It is from the Pink Floyd song “Time”:
You are young and life is long
And there is time to kill today
And then, one day, you find
Ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run
You missed the starting gun
She would say before you know it your life passes by, so make sure to put lots of road blocks (adventures) in the way so you live life before it gets away from you.
I constantly have this visual in my mind. Of a long road, trying to put as many blocks (events, travel, anything meaningful really) in there before it goes too quickly.
And no joke, it has been almost a decade since I have been saying I will come back to NZ. Finally I made it!! I just can’t believe it’s over again. Life really does go TOOO QUICK!
My point is, yes we’re young right now. (At least the majority of you are who read my blog, even if you’re not young.. you still have time.) My point is, don’t wait till you’re ready. YOU WILL NEVER BE READY! I am in awe because nothing was really planned, it all kind of just happened, booking flights the night before, etc. If I had waited till I was ready then I would still be planning…
Make a list of things you want to do before you die. Then plan to do at least the majority within the next 5 years. In 5 years, if you’re lucky enough to still be alive you’ll have more goals, you can never run out of goals. Try and make them all happen ASAP.
I guess I just know too many people who have died at such a young age (I mean middle aged, but that’s still young). I understand that death does not discriminate. So pleasee please please go live your dream life now. Whatever excuse you’re coming up with - I totally understand, the worst thing about excuses is that they’re true. It might be hard, but in the end it’s only you who misses out by making excuses.
Obviously you need some time to plan, but 2 years is plenty. Plan to make it happen within a 2 year mark.
I pray that I die of old age, but I constantly remind myself that tomorrow is not guaranteed.
Maybe it’s not the way to live, maybe I should put my head down for 5 years and make a bunch of money and buy a house to set my family up. But I also believe money is not the goal, but a result from doing something that we love. Like Steve Jobs said:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.”
Life is a fine balance of living in the moment, and planning for the future. Who knows whats right and wrong, we all obviously have different opinions. I just hope you’re aware of how fast time really goes. And to let go of all limitations you have about yourself. Whatever it is, you can do it, you can be it, you can have it. It is ALL in your mind. Yes hard work is involved, but it’s just a decision, your decision, what you do with your life.
Moral of the story, I believe in you. I know you can live your best life. You just have to know it too. Constantly work towards a better one, but love and be happy with who and what you are.
PS. To wrap it up though, NZ and the rest of my travels really have been the most beautiful experience. I feel blessed everyday in every way. Thanks Kiwis for making the time to see me <3