Letting Go: Excuses

I am a procrastinator. There. I admitted it. As any procrastinator knows, excuses can sometimes feel like my best friend.

There’ s not much in my life that I don’t put off. We’re talking about everything from dishes to child rearing. Pretty much everything…including this blog post.

When I was being interviewed for the program I wanted to be accepted into at college, I was asked what did I consider one of my biggest flaw.

“Procrastination,” I told him honestly. “But that means I work well under pressure.” Also a true statement.

Procrastination affects both the boring day to day stuff that needs to be done. The dishes can wait. I don’t want to wake May up doing them. I’ll do laundry later when I actually have time to fold it and put it away. I think I can make do just one more day before I write my bills out because I can’t concentrate right now.

See the pattern behind my procrastination? Excuses back each one up. Putting it off only adds stress and I know that but I always try to justify it anyways.

But when procrastination gets really annoying is when I put off things that I would actually enjoy. I’ll go for a hike another day. It’s too hot outside right now. I know we would really enjoy going to see that new movie, but I’m not sure if May would sit though it. I know that I’ve been planning a trip for 5 months, but maybe I’ll wait because you never know what will come up that I would have to cancel the reservation.

Excuses. Excuses. Excuses.

My uncle once told me, “If there’s anything you want to do or anywhere you want to go, you better do it while you’re young and able.”

And you know, he’s probably right. I’m at the point in my life that I don’t have a 9-5 job to tie me down. I don’t have a husband who’s schedule I have to work around. I don’t have any health problems that would hinder me. If I keep believing the excuses I tell myself now then one day it might be too late because I may have real reasons for not being able to do the things I want to do.

So I’ve decided to start questioning my excuses. Are they valid reasons? Or are they just knocking me out of having a happier life?

And I hope you will question yours as well. And no, don’t wait until tomorrow!

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