Just Start the Thing

October 18, 2022

Full disclosure: I’m not always what my friend Alex would call “an action girl”. I can procrastinate with the best of ‘em.

I attended a wonderful fundraising event, Rhythm & Hope Ssubi 2022 in Calgary. And what our host and main organizer of the initiative (Philip Ndugga) shared with the audience was poignant and it struck a chord in me.

He said that our most precious commodity is time. The fancy jacket is replaceable, as is the sports car and all of our material possessions. His message is simple, but so powerful. We’re here for a finite number of days, weeks, and months—no one knows how many. And how we choose to spend our time, and who we choose to spend it with, is really all that matters in the end.

I took a leap of faith last year. I resigned from my teaching career, picked up my life, and moved to Calgary. I didn’t know what my next career move was going to be. I was relieved to leave the hectic pace of teaching behind, but before I knew it, the what-ifs started lurking around. What if I can’t figure out what to do with the rest of my life? What if I can’t get a job? What if I become a hermit and don’t leave my house for weeks??

But I did figure it out, and I did find work. Lots of work, actually. I showed up for myself and was my own loudest cheerleader.

So, in the spirit of Shia Labeouf’s motivational “Just do it” speech (circa 2015), I challenge you to start the thing. Try something new! Go to the pottery class you’ve been eyeing. Make the move to a different role in the company. Enrol in the thing that you know will make you happiest.

What will you start next?