We can choose to do the things we ought to do, which in our hearts we know is the right thing, or we can choose to put things off and ignore them, hoping that any pressing concerns we may have will work themselves out. All the while this action (or lack thereof) is occurring, life goes on, we get preoccupied by our daily routine and continue doing our thing so to speak.
But things get left on the back burner, other things take precedence and important things get left behind on the wayside. The kicker of course is that it may seem that it doesn’t matter much when things are out of sight, out of mind, but time marches on. Something that was important and left to the wayside is still there and odds are it is too late to change the way things are.
The Washed Up Party Boy
Say for example this guy I used to know back when I was working in corporate America. He was early/mid thirties while everyone else working in the same position he was were in their early/mid twenties. He confided in me that he had spent his twenties partying and taking the advice of those around him that he didn’t need to take all this career stuff seriously. Yeah well now he is behind everyone else.
In his case, things got put in the slush pile and now there is no making up for it. He can double down and work twice as hard, but it’ll be an uphill battle. Few are up to the task.
Father time waits for no one, so we arrive at a truth that is easy to say, but difficult to live by:
Don’t put off to tomorrow that which can be done today.
Or as Proverbs says:
“Don’t tell your neighbor to come back tomorrow if you can help today” Proverbs 3:28
Kingston S. Lim
June 18, 2021
San Francisco, California
About Kingston’s Journey Series: Kingston’s Journey is a lifelong series. This is the travel journal I take with me. Whether you have questions such as how to change my life or how to travel the world, I think you’ll find value in the life lessons I’ve experienced and documented in this travel notebook. They may serve as travel inspiration for you. In Chinese, there is a saying, “讀萬卷書,不如行千里路.”
This means, instead of reading ten thousand books, why don’t you walk a thousand miles. This is my inspiration to travel every nation (or as many as possible) in my pursuit of my global MBA by learning as much as possible and recording these life lessons learned only by travel. In the end, I think the achievement of dreams, personal growth & aspirations out there through travel and adventure will lead to a more fulfilling life. Living and experiencing the “now” is how I’ll make my life a great memory in the future.