I noticed a while ago that a particular colour in my watercolour palette was running low. It was very vibrant pink hue, and it happened to be the colour that I used for just about everything. It featured somewhere in almost every piece I painted, which is why it ended up running out before all the others. Instead of going out and buying a new one, I decided that I could buy it later, that the colour would last for the foreseeable future.
Of course, not too long later, it ran out. This was pretty troublesome, considering that I really needed this colour. By the time I got around to visiting the shops and looking for a new one, the colour had ran dry and as a result of not keeping any of the packaging, there was no way for me to find the same colour again.
After a couple of weeks of searching I brought a new palette, and it had a lot of similar pink shades. Not the same shade, but several that were close enough to be passable.
Although my example is a weird little analogy, it did leave me thinking how much easier I would have made things for myself if I had just gone to the shop when I knew I needed to, instead of putting off the trip in the hope of saving money, or not wasting time, or doing something unnecessary.
Stress. Fear. Paralysis. We spend a lot of time worrying and putting things off. I think this applies to the everyday things – putting off that dental appointment, not writing that essay – but also to the big things. Putting off searching for that new job because of a lack of security, putting off that travel adventure because of concerns over money. These are all valid concerns, and of course you should probably weigh up those decisions, but sometimes simply acting is a lot less scary and stressful than we think it will be. Sometimes, we realise that it’s what we should have done all along, and only wish we had done it sooner.
While you might not be able to relate to my situation, maybe you have something that you’ve been putting off. Maybe it’s taking some overdue time for yourself. Maybe it’s finally showing the world that project you’ve had stashed away in a drawer. If you have been putting off something that you should have done a long time ago, take the time out to do it. You never know how it might change things down the line. Come on, just do it already.
Photo Credit: Hannah Rose Shaw by Oliver J. Cooper.