Do It Now

24
Sep
2012

We all know of Nike’s famous tagline…Just Do It, but for today’s Make it Happen Monday post I wanted to encourage you all to Do It Now.

One of the best pieces of wisdom I have ever received in my life came from a random person in an unexpected situation.  It must have been about 20 years ago and I was sitting in the waiting room of a physiotherapist’s office, for rehab on one of the many waterskiing injuries I used to get each summer.

As I sat there, I struck up a conversation with an older woman who was waiting as well.  I can’t picture her face any longer, or remember anything about her to be honest….but the words she shared with me are something that has clung on tightly to my soul and will never be forgotten.

Her story explained how she and her husband had great plans to travel the World once they had worked for the greater part of their younger life, and then would travel their way through retirement.  But before they were able to stop working and begin their journey, her husband developed lung issues that led to him being tethered to an oxygen tank at all times.  All of a sudden, travelling became something they could no longer do.

Then she spoke the words that I will always remember, “do not wait to do the things you love, with the ones you love.  Do it now.  Find a way to do it before it’s too late.”

I wish I could have video taped that conversation and played it back for the full effect.  But hopefully a little piece of that wise woman from the physiotherapy waiting room resonates through in this post.

Have you always wanted to ride a century?  Do It Now.  Want to tell that cute girl in the coffee shop how you feel about her?  Do It Now.  No matter what it is, don’t put it off.  Do It Right Now.

Enjoy Your Ride

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17 Responses to “ Do It Now ”

  1. Eric Hutchins on September 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Perfect message Darryl. Perfect.

    For me it was a Job change that I just made. It was not that the one I left was so bad, it wasn’t. It was that it was preventing Pamela and I from leading the kinda of life that we hoped to, or, at the least, it was postponing that by a lot.

    Leaving the security of something you know (old job) for something you dont (new job) is always scary, but what is FAR more scary is the possibilities that those days we are counting on to be free to travel together and have adventures, may not be possible by the time we “get there”

    We have lots of obligations that we are tied to by our own choices and we are fine with that, what the new job allows is for us to start having some of those adventures today, instead of dreaming and hoping that they occur ten years from now.

    As always, love your posts, and am grateful for your friendship.

    Eric

  2. Shawn McAfee on September 25, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Great message Darryl.

  3. Jennifer Hilton on September 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Some of us already know this, but guess what? We forget! And we go back to living our lives the way we were brought up to….that we put off things until we retire. We save up for “later”. SO thank you! I welcome a reminder like this that puts everything back into perspective!

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on September 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks for your comments, Jennifer. Like I always say….these Make It Happen Monday posts are intended to remind me of what is being said more than anyone else. Glad it helped you as well.

  4. Marty Boyd on September 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    So true! Great advice!

  5. Joel Phillips on September 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Nisi Nunc Quando it means, “If not now, then when”.

    Bravo my friend!

  6. Eric on September 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Great advice, Darryl. No time like the present right. Do it now.

  7. Brandon on September 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I had something like this happen to me once and I wish I was able to find the person who gave me the advice again so that I could thank them. At the time I didn’t realize how valuable it was. Now I know. This is good advice as well.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on September 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Cool…..good advice is all around us, we just need to be there when it decides to flow. Thanks for your comments, Brandon.

  8. AmandaGaleKotyk on September 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Great advice. She definitely was a wise woman, and I’m thankful you remembered her words.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on September 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks for continuing to be my supporter and keeping me focused on what’s most important….and for helping me Do things Now.

  9. Angela on September 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

    You know how they say that the right advice will come to you at the right time if you’re open to it? Well, this advice is exactly what I needed today. I woke up with a major question on my mind and the inner debate of what I should do about it. Now I know. Thank you for this.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on September 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      I’m honored that this was able to hit you at the right time. You’re so welcome, Angela.

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