In my last post I shared one of my intentions for 2015: to ‘do more of what makes me happy’.
This week as I sat down to write, I thought more about the year ahead. Facebook, various news and social media sites were all pumping out messages about the exciting possibilities that 2015 might bring.
I share their positive sentiments for the future, but as I was writing this post, on this dreary, cloudy January morning after the first ice-storm of 2015, what I was really thinking was, “What if 2015 isn’t so great?” For me, 2014 was a pretty stellar year; so much so that I actually get nervous just thinking about the year ahead. With every new opportunity comes the chance of success, but also the risk of failure.
This year, I’m expected to make my first film (production begins in two weeks), if it sounds like a surprise to you, it is to me too; Bailando Cuba, the annual dance course I organize in Havana is taking place in just a week and a half and I'm both excited and nervous; finally, in the coming months, I’ll have to re-visit some important life/work decisions. That doesn’t even touch any of the other things I’m choosing to not think about.
So, what to do when the challenges ahead seem so intimidating that you experience analysis paralysis or consider quitting altogether? I experienced a bit of that this week, I allowed myself to become obsessed with The Mind of a Chef on Netflix. Not a bad indulgence really, it features David Chang from top restaurant Momofuku and narration by Anthony Bourdain. They had me daydreaming about going to Tokyo to eat ramen, and other dishes that only the Japanese have perfected. I don't even eat wheat, but I am almost convinced it would be worth the stomach ache that would ensue.
Back to the subject - What to do with analysis paralysis besides watch Netflix? 'Just do it' was the advice I was given by a new friend last week. And he is right. Time passes at a constant rate, regardless of whether you act or procrastinate, so what do you have to lose?
While a bit cliché, it remains true. ’The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step’. And after all, you only live once.