You lie on your sofa, and you know that you should go to bed. You know that you are not where you are supposed to be and that if you stay in the sofa and sleep there, you’ll wake up later with a stiff neck and a taste in your mouth as if you’ve licked asphalt (outside an Amsterdam nightclub [on a weekend]).
But before you can snuggle into the white linens of your bed, you have to shuffle to the bathroom, brush your teeth, floss, go potty, get undressed and the rest of your bedtime routine. Your mind shies away from the hassle of it all. You tell yourself ‘just five more minutes’ and remain in the comfort of the sofa. Five minutes become a quarter, becomes an hour, becomes six and ‘suddenly’ you are where you said you would not be: in Amsterdam.
Life can be like this.
You find yourself with a life that does not fit. You know that if you keep doing the same old thing, you’ll wake up in ten years with a bitter taste of regret, wearing the unfulfilled dreams of yesteryear.
You know what you should be doing to avoid this. You know you need to get up from that sofa and break free of your stagnant routine. There is work ahead, and you know what it is, but your mind shies away from it. You tell yourself that you’ll start working towards your goals tomorrow, but you don’t. Tomorrow becomes a week, becomes a month, becomes a decade and ‘suddenly’ you find yourself where you said you would not be: in regret.
You know what to do. Yes, it is hard to get started, but you have to, for your own sake. Get up from that lazy sofa and get doing. It is up to you, no one else. You know that tomorrow really means never, so start today. Just start. One little step to break the routine of inactivity. The rest will follow.