Elle Opinion Article (March 2011) – “So why haven’t you done it yet?”

“So why haven’t you done it yet? – what exactly is stopping you from following your dreams? It’s time to seize the day and throw caution to the wind, says one writer who has done just that.”

Article written by: Esther Freud (….does the surname say it all?!)

” For many of us, our lives are littered with regrets over unfulfilled ambitions. We wish we’d played in a band. Driven across America. Made a million. Sailed the world. For every person that takes action and does whatever it is they want to do, there are many more of us that keep on dreaming – while doing nothing. So what is it that stops us reaching out and seizing hold of our ambitions? Fear usually. And the little voice in our head that says we may not be any good. We may not even like it. It’s easier not to try.”

Esther Freud talks about various ‘hobbies’ that she embarked on when she was younger, but never quite found enough passion to want to continue with (or found excuses not to do them!). She eventually found a passion in acting, but the key being “The ‘sticking to it’ part. Talent only accounts for a fraction of the process – discipline is what brings things to life”.

“However hard it feels to step outside your comfort zone, there is always a wonderful satisfaction that comes from doing something you set your heart on…often these things are worth doing just for the pure pleasure of doing them. And because you promised yourself you would.”

This article got me thinking…growing up we tend to try try try everything! – ballet..tap..horseriding..piano..rock climbing..swimming..judo..scouts.. – What changes? Is Esther Freud right when she says “Fear usually”? Fear of disappointment, failure? Or are the usual excuses of – time..money..responsibilities – actually valid excuses?

What do YOU want to do? Have you achieved your dreams, are you in the process of achieving them or is something holding you back?

“So drive across America if that’s what you really want to do. Learn Italian. Direct a short film. But whatever you choose, and however long you stick at it, remember that the biggest challenge of all is to ignore that doubting voice that tells you that you can’t – and enjoy the adventure.”


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