Don’t wait till everything’s fixed before you go for a ride.

Imagine owning an old jalopy of a car and deciding to fix it up. The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you can at least get the darn thing running so that when it finally is nice and shiny, you know you can get where you want to go!

You start with engine, then the tires, eventually find the new parts it needs, replace the fender, give it a new coat of paint, and polish it up. All this takes some time. While you are waiting for that to happen, you don’t need to keep it parked in the driveway or garage, waiting for the perfect time to take it for a test drive. You can start going places right now.

We all have areas of growth that facilitate our evolution as human beings. During times in our lives where we struggle with too much going within us or in our personal lives, it’s easy to put our dreams on the back burner, never to return to them. Not only that, but life’s stresses can leave us forgetting what are dreams ever were in the first place. Somewhere deep inside us all, whether we are aware of them or not, there are dreams both small and large.

If we wait until life is perfect on the inside and out, before we take steps to fulfill our dreams, we risk never going after them at all. We make excuses, we procrastinate, and we blame others for tying our hands. The excuses may be valid, the procrastination completely understandable, and the blame justified. Yet… there is always something we can do today – however small –  that will move us in the direction of our aspirations. Life is not just about fixing things or playing defense with stress. Life is about living!

Maybe you don’t have time to write that book you always wanted to write. So write one page.

Maybe you’re too tired to train for the marathon that eluded your youth. So run one mile.

Maybe you didn’t get to be a dancer. So sign up for a class today.

Maybe you are too depressed or anxious or too preoccupied to think about helping others like you always wished you could. So volunteer one hour a month to help someone worse off than you.

The point is that you can always do something to nurture your sense that there is more to life than replacing carburetors, fixing dents, and trying to find lost parts. Of course you need to do these things – we all do – but you don’t have to wait into all those jobs are completed to go for a nice pleasant drive to the places you dream about!

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