A few months ago I was calling someone and couldn’t find my papers with the notes from our last conversation. I couldn’t remember what we had talked about and what I was supposed to be following up on. I was wildly throwing papers around my desk, desperate to not look stupid.
I was so frazzled. The guy picked up and I blurted out “Well, one day, I’m going to get my shit together. And then all this will be gone and I’ll know what I’m doing.”
And the guy said, “Really? I thought that would happen to me, too. But one day I just realized, You know what? I’m never going to get my shit together. This is it! This is life! And I can stop waiting for that day to happen and start living right now.”
Hmmm. I said, “Wow, you’re right. I’ve been this way my whole life, thinking one day, I’m going to be different. I’ve been waiting and waiting and getting more and more frustrated with myself.”
Here’s what I realized:
✔️I’m not an organized person.
✔️I don’t remember who tells me things.
✔️I don’t remember what I’m supposed to do next.
So I’ve created systems. I take notes.
This is what we talked about and this is what I need to do next.
And I put it in my calendar for when I need to do it. With the notes so I don’t have to rely on my memory.
I’ve accepted myself the way I am!
I’m just wondering, is there any part of you that you’re not accepting, that you think one day it’s going to be fixed, and then you could start living your life?
Well, guess what? You might as well start living now and just work around it, develop systems for it, talk to people, maybe ask, “Hey, you’re really good at this. What do you do?”
Or something like that. But just don’t wait.
Don’t wait to start living. Start living right now!
Let me know what happens in the comments.
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