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germander32. If not now, then when?

Very timely question. I’ve heard it posed before and it seemed important but still didn’t grab me at the time. After all, sometimes the answer will still be, “Not now.” That’s how it goes.

So I guess I like a rephrase of this question more than this question itself – what can I be doing right now that will help me clarify my goals and meet them?

So much of the advice I hear is designed to motivate a person to excel after they already know what it is they are after, and that seems useful but also kind of silly to me, because knowing what you want can be very motivating in and of itself.

What I really need is help discovering what it is I want to make of myself, and to find that out, I’ve had to go on quite a journey (which I am still on) to learn how to believe in myself and in what I do have to offer. It’s been quite a ride and as of today, I say it is 100% worth it.

So, what now? 3 weeks ago

BecanatorQuestions 17 & 18

17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?

Right now, as a high student, I really, really, really, want to go to University. What’s holding me back would be the fact that I am only in grade 11 and therefore not eligible to be in University yet! I started looking at Universities at the end of my grade 10 year, if you can believe that. I’ve researched my programs and reputations of different schools, I’ve watched videos made by students at these Universities and I honestly just can’t wait to go! The atmosphere of Universities just look so inviting, much more so than the atmosphere of my small town high school.

18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?

To be honest, I have a feeling that there are many things that I really need to just let go of but I can’t think of anything at the moment that’s really weighing on my conscience or anything… 1 month ago

LivingtheDreamWas this Goal Worth It?

Not for me. I knew the answers. Very few required any deep soul searching. I just plowed through and got it done. I can wipe it off my list. Not sure why I thought this was such a great exercise when I decided to do it. But, it’s done. Yeah! 1 month ago

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LivingtheDream50. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

I am doing better here. I used to always wait on the big stuff and pretty soon someone else made a decision or I made a decision by not making a decision. I have made some serious decisions about my life and where I’m going, what I need to do in the next ten years before I retire and so on. There is one decision I am being pushed into making and someone is trying to make it for me. I am hanging in there and will do as I decide. I am resisting someone making that decision for me. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?

Probably not. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream48. What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?

I love doing research. I have hunted for things such as family lineage, obituaries, news articles and have been tracking down my roots. So I have expressed my love of doing these things by doing more and more of it. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?

Just this week. I have a cold and I am snoring so bad that I wake myself! I’m sure that’s not what this question is really trying to get out of me but seriously I don’t slow down enough to notice the sound of my own breathing. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

I would work part-time and pursue other interests such as writing a book that might or might not lead to income but are much more in tune with what I really want to be doing. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

Mistakes can be embarrassing and nobody wants to be embarrassed. Mistakes aren’t admired. They are chastised. We expect to be perfect. We don’t want to feel or be seen as a failure. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?

It should be done long before you suffer from “paralysis from analyisis”. Weigh the risks and rewards, think about it for awhile (the length of thinking time is based on the type and amount of risk.) Then make a decision to go ahead and do it or not to do it. Once a decision is made move forward. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

Being alive is breathing and going through the daily routines whithout much thought as to what makes you tick, what your dreams are, what makes you happy. Truly living is enjoying life, pursuing good things, being happy with where you are here and now. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?

No. Those are superficial things and don’t matter in the long run. I have too much to do to trade it in on such silliness. :) 1 month ago

LivingtheDream41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?

1. my husband
2. my son
3. my sister
4. one of my grandmother’s cousins
5. a cousin of mine

Three of these people have nobody but me as a close relative. Two have done so much for me and my family that it would just be wrong not to spend some time with them. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?

I haven’t. I’m getting ready to do this, though. I have an idea and I think I can make it work (my “soft glow”). I have supporters. Now is the time! 1 month ago

LivingtheDream39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?

I used to feel this way. Now I create a task or something to do that I look forward to doing each day. For instance, I am taking time to research the history of my community. I am scanning my old family pictures as a means of preserving them. I work in my garden. I play with my dog. Each morning before heading out to work, I decide what I’m going to do that evening and I look forward to it all day. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

Always, more work I actually enjoy doing. Only then is work not really work. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

No, but I would change jobs. I have always wanted to have my own business and I would see a million dollars as a million reasons to go for it. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?

Most of the time, evil is pretty easily recognized. Sometimes it comes dressed up as good. That’s when you have to rely on your moral values, your religion, your upbringing, etc. to help you discern the difference. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?

It’s not the religion, but the religious. It all comes down to people. People are fallible. They seek power. That’s not what religion is all about. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?

Can’t say that I have. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?

When I was younger, I had many, many dreams. I have come to realize many of those dreams weren’t things that really mattered. I have decluttered my dream life and focus on dreams that do really matter… relationships, buying a home, learning some new skills that will keep my brain young. I am still working on achieving the important things. There is nothing to lose when you focus on reality. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream32. If not now, then when?

The time is now. I am moving on as many of my life goals as I can practically handle. I have a game plan. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

Now. When my father was ill and my son was small, I lived for them. I hadn’t time to invest in my passions. Now I do. I am enjoying life like I have never enjoyed it before. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream30. What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?

I have many happy childhood memories. They are all special because of the people that played a part… family, friends, neighbors, pets. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?

Yes, I do.

Does it really matter now?

Yes it matters. It matters because I learned a great lesson from it and I will NEVER go down that path again. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?

Yes. And I lived through it and it’s not so scary anymore. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream 27. Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?

No. I think we can have faith that something is true but if we really want to KNOW it, we have to challenge it… research it. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?

I would hate to forget those that have gone on… the good times, the bad, the pets, the history. I think that would be worse. 1 month ago

LivingtheDream25. What are you most grateful for?

Life and its lessons. 1 month ago

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