“[I]t’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do it now.

“I mean, I say that confidently as if I’m about to go bungee jumping or something—I’m not. I’m not a crazed risk taker. But I do think that, generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”

-Hugh Laurie, “Hugh Laurie sings the blues,” Time Out

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  1. petespringerauthor September 16, 2019 / 9:26 pm

    A lot of us are conditioned to put things off for a better or more convenient time. I’ve lived this way most of my life. I don’t think that I’m in the midst of a middle-age crisis, but all of a sudden in retirement, putting things off doesn’t seem so important. I have had more adventures and spent more money on things this past year than ever before. And you know what, it’s been great! As the old saying goes, “You can’t take it with you.”

    I also think it is essential that we challenge ourselves and get out of our comfort zones. We make the most personal growth and feel the best about ourselves when we’re willing to take a few risks.

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    • Chelsea Owens September 16, 2019 / 9:55 pm

      Excellent comment, Pete! You’re right; we need to take a few risks and not wait.

      It’s only been this year, for me, that I’ve considered I have more control over where my life is going. I’ve dared to think I might be able to achieve some goals or work toward something I want.

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  2. Lwbut September 17, 2019 / 2:42 am

    Now is definitely the best time, unless you would be breaking some previous obligation to another by doing something ‘now’ instead.

    But i believe there are definitely times when just a teeny bit of preparation before-hand can save a lot of heartbreak. 😉

    Generally it’s probably best not to go off ‘half cocked’. 🙂

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    • Chelsea Owens September 17, 2019 / 7:08 am

      Ha, ha. You’re right. A relative of mine really likes a random lecture a celebrity gave about just jumping, but I’m with you. SOME preparation is necessary.

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  3. masercot September 17, 2019 / 5:26 am

    I was not ready to have children when my wife got pregnant. Then, she told me she was pregnant and I said to myself, “Well, I guess you’re ready”

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  4. D. Wallace Peach September 17, 2019 / 9:11 am

    What an awesome quote, Chelsea, and as true as it can get. There’s never the perfect time or perfect circumstance, so might as well get it close and jump in. 🙂

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  5. bereavedandbeingasingleparent September 19, 2019 / 12:46 am

    I did this and I seriously crashed and burned. So many things put off as you have plenty of time together. Worst mistake ever. If you have something grab it like there is no tomorrow. Sometimes there is no tomorrow.

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