The Best Time to Do Anything

When I was a teenager and young adult, I said I did not want to get married and have children.

Then I met Ed, and not only did I want to get married, but I also wanted to have children with him.

We got married when we were 27, and we both wanted to have children—just not yet. When the time was right, we said, we would have children.

As a Navy pilot, Ed was gone more days than he was home that first year of marriage, including a six-month deployment, so the time was not right.

His next duty station was at the Pentagon as a White House Liaison Officer for the Secretary of the Navy. During this time, he enrolled in an MBA program at George Mason University. He worked 16-hour days, so the time was not right for children now, either.

Then we moved to Jacksonville for another sea tour, which meant Ed would be going out to sea for workups and another six-month deployment. Yet again, the time would not be right to have children.

Then I turned 30, and my biological clock started ticking so loud I could hear it.

This is when I realized there was never going to be a “perfect” time to have children. NOW was the perfect time.

Since then, I have come to realize that NOW is the perfect time for almost everything.

We need to stop waiting for the perfect time and create it instead.

We spend too much time thinking about things.

We spend too much time negotiating with ourselves—I will do it tomorrow…next week…next month…next year.

We are missing out on greatness when we do this.

NOW is the perfect time!

Start that business…go back to school…ask that person out on a date.

NOW is the perfect time!


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