Unfortunately, if you are anything like me, there is often an excuse as to why you don’t do things. It’s been half a year now since my last blog post and for the life of me I can’t justify why that is.
It has taken two weeks in beautiful Mexico with my beautiful girlfriend Karen to finally be inspired to get some more of my memories down so that my future self can reflect on a life well lived. Just last night I was flicking through some of my oldest Facebook photos, going back so far that it took a long time to load poor quality pictures of a very drunk young man with an afro.
I take inspiration from my grandma, who now, in her 80s, having lived through over 60 years of marriage, is struggling with the early stages of dementia. But she is clinging to her memories by reading the notes she has kept of a full life over the years and pulling out bundles of photos every time that I visit.
So here is to her. Why I will keep writing despite all of the excuses. Working hard to earn the money to visit Karen in Mexico shouldn’t have stopped my writing because on ships I work hard for 7 days a week sometimes up to 12 hours. The slight struggle that I face with Seasonal Affective Disorder shouldn’t stop my writing as there are people all over the world struggling with severe forms of depression every day. And lastly and most importantly I shouldn’t stop writing just because I haven’t done it in a long time. That has probably been my biggest and most counter productive excuse so far.
If you are also a person that has been putting something off, I hope that just one of you can read this and get it done.
‘Don’t do tomorrow what you can do today, don’t do later what you can do now.’