To begin, you just have to begin

to begin begin wordsworth quote


Let’s face it, it’s never a good time to get started.

No matter where we are in our life, there will always be a reason to wait.  We need more time, more money, more education, more experience. We tell ourselves that when things slow down, we’ll get started.

These are just excuses, however, because the truth is that we’re scared of what might happen if we try.

As long as we keep putting it off, we can live on hope. We can see ourselves achieving our goal and becoming the success we always imagined ourselves to be.

But if we are foolish enough to actually try to do something, we might fail.

So we wait for that perfect moment that never comes. Our book never gets written, our canvas never gets painted, and our song never gets played.

As much as we try to convince ourselves otherwise, the dream of our art is often better than the reality. Because reality is often messy and never quite lives up to our expectations. Reality is often filled with frustration, fear, and doubt. Reality is about taking chances, exposing our vulnerabilities, and pushing ourselves farther than we can often reach. To begin requires the courage to fall short of our expectations and not surprisingly it never seems to be the right time for that.

But we do it anyway.

So to begin, we just have to begin.  We step into the creative darkness one more time and have faith that we’ll somehow find our way through. We may not always end up where we thought we would, but like most everything else in life, it’s not always about where we end up, but more about what we may have learned along the way.

Are you ready to begin?


“To begin, begin.”
~William Wordsworth



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