How many times have you heard, “I’d love to write a book/paint a picture/make a film/learn an instrument/learn how to weave baskets underwater, but I just don’t have the time?” If you are someone who does any of those things, or many others (which also includes exercising, working out, starting a fitness plan), you probably hear it a lot.
It usually goes like this:
Me: “I’m a writer”
Person at party: “Oh, I want to write, I just don’t have the time.”
The implication being that obviously I’m doing something wrong since I do have the time and along with writing I am probably laying around eating bon bons and making daisy chains. The other person is ignoring the fact that I MAKE the time. (Usually)
Time is like a vortex, you won’t have it unless you make it, unless you fight for the time to do what you must do for you. This is the same if you have a day job, family, other time conflicts- you FIGHT for the creative time. You make your unmovable obligations (job, family) then fit in everything else around them. But you make them work.
That's sort of where I've been lately, evil day job taking over my soul again, and my little mental voice giving me excuses such as, "I don't have the time, I'm just too exhausted when I get home."
Well, I'm going to give that little voice in my head some hard advice, and advice I'd share with everyone who "doesn't have the time" (to write, paint, create, help a friend, whatever).
Yes. You. Do.
If something is important, you make the time. The little time fairy has gone awol with the money fairy and they ain't coming back. Either you put your effort into making time (and yes, I'm talking to myself here as well--it's ok, I'm not sane anyway) or you shut up about it. No whining, no bitching, no, "I'd really love too BUT...." You do it, or move on.
People will always find excuses for why they aren’t doing what they really want, or what they think they should really want. Sometimes the excuses of not enough time are simply so the person doesn't have to face a hard truth.
But the bottom line is, we need to suck it up, make time for who we are. Who we will be.
No Excuses. (It's not just for jocks any more ;)).