Excuses! Excuses! Excuses! That's the reason most of us do not follow our dreams. So as you can imagine, my dream is to be able to draw. But for so many years I have made 1000 excuses. Here are a few of mine - and they are really, really good ones because I have procrastinated almost 40 years (which is a really long time to procrastinate!) Anyway, here is just how good I am at putting off my own dream:
I have worked hard all day and am too tired to do anything
I don't really know how to draw and whatever I do will look stupid
I have to take the kids, pick up the kids, drop the kids, change the kids
There are more important things I should be doing
I am way to tired
It will look stupid
I don't even know where to start
I am too old to start learning to draw. I should have started this 40 years ago
I don't know how
I never learned
It will look stupid
Blah, blah, blah. . .
Is there some dream you have that you have been putting off? Is there something you love that just makes time stand still for you? That's what happens when I start drawing.
So this Sunday I took my little camp stool, a few pencils and a drawing pad and I got to the town square in Lima very early and just decided that after 40 years, today was going to be the first day of the rest of my life. I sat near my big white van because I was still afraid of looking stupid and I just started drawing. I was really nervous at first that the guys at the picnic table across the square would come over and look, heckle, or make under-the-breath comments like, "Wow, this guy is that old and look at his work. Looks pretty stupid." But none of that happened. Everyone just minded their own business and I eventually relaxed and just enjoyed the moment.
An hour just flew by and. . . Well, you can see for yourself.
I had to keep telling myself to - GET OVER IT! - and Get on with it. Which is what happened to me Sunday.
Are you sitting on a dream? There is nothing that is more helpful, healthful, and plants the seed of happiness than to follow you bliss.
If you see me sitting on a camp stool in the middle of town somewhere you'll see a guy lost in concentration, focused on some building or tree or house. What you won't see is a guy who has the biggest smile right across his soul.