“What do you miss?” That’s the question I asked myself last month and my answers surprised me. Almost all the things on my list were things I didn’t really have to be missing. They were things I was missing because I’d let other things take priority in my life and I hadn’t stopped to notice if they were worth it or not. There were also things I was missing out on because I was waiting for “a better time.”
What dreams, goals, or “I wants” are you waiting on? Why?
One of the things that I missed was, “feeling the warmth from our lab sleeping on my feet,” and “her happy welcome wag every time I walked in the back door.” Our sweet old chocolate lab died 2 summers ago, right before I started at FatWallet. With the commotion of going back to work outside the home, after working from home for 13 years, we decided not to get another dog right away. Our lives were busy and it didn’t seem fair to bring a new puppy into a house, to be alone for several hours a day.
But not having a dog has left a big empty place in our family. So after seeing our kids playing with my husband’s step-sister’s dog and then his aunt and uncle’s dog the next weekend, we realized how silly we were being, using work as an excuse to not get a dog.
I live between 5 and 10 minutes from work and could easily come home during the day to let a dog out to potty, and the kids are definitely old enough to help out with the potty training and care for a dog.
Like with most things in life, there’s never a great time to get a puppy. Sometimes you just have to say, “screw it, let’s do it now!”
So we’re taking action on this “thing we miss” and we will be welcoming into the family at the end of October, a baby boy, chocolate lab, named Murphy! (Here’s his mom with her pups.)
I challenge you to make a list of the in life you want to do, have, or change. Think about those dreams or goals you’ve had tucked away in the back of your mind, waiting for sometime when the kids are bigger or the timing is better. Stop waiting for the perfect time, and just do it. Now is the best time!