I know you.
You want to finish the project you started last month. You want to have the next great idea. You want to stretch your creative muscles and energize your imagination.
You want to stop making conventional choices and start marking ones that make the rest of the world question your judgment.
But you don’t have time.
Or enough money.
Or maybe your kids something get in the way. And I mean that in the nicest, most honest way possible.
Not with who you are but what you’ve become. You struggle with responsibilities that aren’t glamorous, thrilling, or interesting in the least. Is this what you signed up for when you played make believe under the tent in your purple bedroom?
You prioritize your responsibilities. You choose to uphold your end of the big girl bargain.
Wait, who is this a bargain for?
I know you, because I am you. Or I was. I’ve been caught in the rut of feeling like I don’t have time or money – and I didn’t even have kids then. I’ve been caught feeling that the real world was not what I wanted to live in. That the promises I was made in school were lies. Like creativity was nice but not necessity.
Even still, I made surviving in the “real world” a priority.
And what I prioritized I had time for. What I prioritized I found the money for.
What I didn’t prioritize I didn’t have time for. What I didn’t prioritize was too expensive.
But something nagged at me. And I asked myself why I had no time or money. Why I wasted energy on things that were common. Why I never seemed to move forward with all my grandiose plans.
You feel that nagging, don’t you?
That desire that nags you, tugs at the hem of your shirt like a 4 year old you don’t actually have, is waiting to be made a priority. And that desire is you.
You are not your responsibilities: rent, mortgage, cable bill, PTA, carpool, dinner parties, appointments, children, husband, boyfriend. You are the sum of your desires and your talents.
You prioritize your responsibilities. You find the time and the money. You can prioritize yourself, too.
Priorities come down to choice.
Each barrier, problem, concern originates in a choice to accept it or to reject it. Each day we make thousands of choices that mean the difference between moving forward & shirking back into the shadows of our own hang-ups.
Choose to prioritize yourself and answer that nagging feeling.
What will you choose today?
What can you let go of?
What is less important than your own self? What can be put off until tomorrow so that you can prioritize yourself today?
Want to know what you’re capable of? Want to know how far you can stretch yourself? Grow yourself? Build yourself? Start prioritizing yourself.
Forget the way you’ve always done it. Forget the way the Joneses do it. Make every choice anew. Find help, find peace, find abandonment.
Find joy in doing things differently: for yourself.