Barren Barns

American journalist and author, Hunter Thompson, once stated, “A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”

Procrastination.

A stealer of time. We are oblivious victims on the daily.

If I had a dollar for every time I said I would ride my horse this year I would have enough money to actually quit my job and ride.

I would saddle up on autopilot every morning in my first year of high school.
As the homework grew denser, the gaps between rides widened.
When senior year hit, rides became a weekend pleasure.
Graduation knocked on my doorstep and I forgot where my saddle was hung.
Almost two years in the real world and my hands have found the reins again.

Unfortunately I still do not ride as much as I promise myself. It’s a mantra you mutter to yourself for self-reassurance.

‘I’ll get around to it’

It’s ironic really. The time dedicated to thinking is enough time to carry out the thought itself.
I self-confess that I am terrible for over-preparing and under-achieving.
There are several yoga apps that lay dormant in my phone and a yoga mat that has collected more dust than you would find in the Australian outback.
Meanwhile, I have the flexibility of a slab of wood.

We drown in work, social plans and general fatigue. Time is our own worst enemy and yet at the same time it is a precious privilege we take for granted.

I’ve made time this weekend to sink into the saddle and I could not be more excited. This time riding will not become a forgotten plan and a Monday regret.

The one piece of advice I can offer is to prioritise and plan. My life has livened up with the tiniest slither of general planning. I know you are probably thinking, but Courtney why bother planning instead of just doing it? I can truthfully say I have been there. I have rolled my eyes and shook my head when I have been told to create plans. I have always been a ‘go with the flow’ kind of girl. But that is where I suffered. I never got around to things I really wanted to do. Like horse riding. At the start of the week you tell yourself what you generally want to achieve. Break them down so they do not seem so daunting. Like organising that messy clothes cupboard that’s been keeping you awake at night.  You will find your mind automatically prioritises these tasks.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time – Leo Tolstoy

To say you don’t procrastinate is to say you aren’t human.

What is your reoccuring self-broken promise?

 

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