Week 39: Seizing the days

I rode a mechanical bull last weekend.

That’s not really the kind of thing people who know me would expect me to do. It’s not necessarily something I thought I would ever do. But there we were in the bar, and my friend said I should do it, and I thought, “Why not? And if not now, then when?”

That’s the kind of place I’m in with my life right now: Now is the time. Because if not now, when?

I’m in my mid-20s, with freedom and independence, along with a moderate amount of free time and disposable income. I live in a great city, I’m single, and I have amazing friends. These are the years for spontaneous trips, big nights out, random adventures and crazy stunts such as riding a mechanical bull.

I’ve always been of the mind that almost anything (not illegal, not harmful to others, not life-threatening) is worth trying once. It’s not difficult to persuade me to try something new or go on an adventure. But lately, I’m also quite aware of time and the fact that this phase of my life is fleeting.

The other day, a friend and I were talking about motivating ourselves to go do things and how we don’t want to pass up opportunities, and she noted, “When I’m feeling lazy, I remind myself how soon I’m going to be 35.”

She’s right. I mean, 35 is 10 years away, but even so, settling down is coming even more quickly than I realize. Before I know it, I’m going to be married with kids and a mortgage. And once that happens, the jet-setting weekends, the last-minute trips and the up-til-4 a.m. nights are over.

Of course, that isn’t going to be tomorrow. And I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. I’ll love that part of my life when it happens. But in the present, thinking about it makes me aware that now is go-time. Now is the time to have my adventures, to cross things off my bucket list, to say yes when I could say no, to be a little crazy sometimes.

Because if not now, when?

Endnotes:

Currently reading: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (this tiny book is taking me forever to read)

Currently watching: New episodes of all my shows!!

Song of the week: One Direction’s “Drag Me Down”

Plans for the weekend: I’m headed to San Francisco to visit a friend who lives there. We’re going to check out Muir Woods and catch the final Giants game of the season.

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