Within the last two days I have had conversations with three young adults who have "always wanted to do something."
One lad wanted to become proficient at photography, and the other two wanted to "create a COSPLAY costume."
What is interesting is that each of them have been hesitant to start- for YEARS!
For instance, the would-be photographer said that he had a camera when he was 16 years-young but never really begin taking pictures.
The other two always wanted to make a COSPLAY costume, but . . . but . . but . . WHY NOT?
In either case, it seems that lacking the Big 'C'= Confidence was holding all of them back, i.e.., "Will I be good enough? Do I have the talent? Can I learn the necessary skills?"
The comment that one of them said struck me was, "It is never too late to start."
Now, this is a common, and mostly true statement, but my reply back was, "Yes, but you can wait TOO long."
There is no guarantee that he will be able to fulfill a dream as life can deal us a bad card- right?
One assumes that it is 'never too late' because one always assumes that the future is available- that we have an ongoing future and that 'time is on our side'.
What if time is NOT on one's side? Now LONG does time need to be to BE on our side? How many people in the "O" section of the newspaper thought that time was on their side, and that it would NEVER be too late to start?
SO, how about the 'reasons' why one does not start right NOW? Let's consider that a major 'reasons' for thinking that 'it is never too late to start' is a lack of confidence- resulting in the unwillingness (fear) to lurch into the unknown.
Think realistically about it. How bad could it be? Unless you are learning how to fold your own parachute or fashion a piece of elastic for your bungy-jumping dreams, the tasks of learning through trial -and - error do not usually create a fatal flaw in our endeavors.
Not too many successful people grabbed a camera, scalpel, heat-gun and created an Earth shattering creation! How many of you girls took up a mascara pencil and perfected your face in the first ten minutes?
I suggest this . . .
Be willing to :
- 1. Ask questions of successful people.
- 2. Be willing to start and immediately try to improve.
- 3. Be willing to be to listen to and heed 'good advice'.
- 4. Find others who are starting out and learn as a 'team'.
- 5. Read, look, and listen.
- 6. Check out organizations like "IDEAWORKS' in Fresno.
- 7. Attend as many photographic exhibits and COSPLAY conventions as you can and ask the winners questions.
NO!- LEARN and IMPROVE your way to wherever YOU want to go.
Is it ever too-late to start?
The answer is: "YES" because no one knows exactly how much time I really do have - so I will begin right NOW!
Take a pencil, pen, keystroke- whatever you have and write down=
"I have always wanted to ______ and the first thing I am doing right now is putting it in writing.
then say out loud,
"My brain is now engaged and I have begun the journey , , , , BLAST OFF!!!!!!!