A few interviews into this project I have across a bit of a theme. As I speak with people I hear sentences like “I always wanted to do that”, “I have thought about doing – whatever it is we are talking about – for a long time”, or “someday I want to do that”.
Here are some thoughts on that topic.
Some people speak about things that they have wanted to do since childhood or early adulthood, others have been mulling over an idea “only” for a few years or months. But – at least so far – people invariably seem to really enjoyed their experience when they finally start on that project, activity or learning that new skill.
The Right Time do do Something
This message resonates with me. I am – I admit – not widely known for my patience and my first instinct is always “start it now” – whatever it may be. But there might just be the right time for something and the trick is to find the right time which means to wait long enough but not too long to get started.
I just re-edited the conversation I had with Venky about teaching himself to play the guitar. He started when his son started, after wanting to do learn that skill for 30 or so years. Could he have started earlier? Sure. But when his son was still a toddler it might have been hard, now with both of them playing and practicing the time was right and he enjoys the experience and has the time and determination to keep practicing.
Sandra’s experience with getting a dog and joining a pet therapy program also emphasized this message (read the summary and listen to the interview here). For many years she did not have the time to care for a dog, train it and participate in the program. However, once she felt that her schedule was flexible enough she went for it. She got her dog from a shelter, made sure the little one was trained and ready and then joined the program that turned out to be very rewarding for herself and the patients she visited.
Good things take time to mature and ripen is what I have taken away from these first interviews but also: there comes the time to do it and that time just might be now or very soon and then there is no reason to delay any longer. Jump on in, head first, and enjoy the experience.