So during my down time at work I tend to get hooked on this little website called Pinterest. For those who don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s basically a site where you can “pin” articles, photographs, art, just about anything and share them with your followers. I tend to spend a lot of time in the Prints and Posters section because you can find really great and inspirational quotes, not to mention some really funny ones too.
Lately I’ve seen one quote that has particularly stood out to be:
If it’s important you’ll find a way, if it’s not you’ll find an excuse.
Seeing it so often has gotten me to thinking about just how true that small but powerful statement is in every aspect of my life, big and small.
The situation that really got me thinking about this quote is my upcoming trip to California. I’ve been dying to go to Beyond for a couple years and when my friends started talking about going this year, I thought PERFECT! Take me with you! (famous last words, I know)
But timing with my new internship just didn’t feel right. I was hesitant about asking for any time off just because I’m an intern and I felt I needed to prove myself and make sacrifices for this position and my future.
So here I am, crushed because I know I can’t go to Coachella because let’s be honest, trying to get a close to a whole week off really just wasn’t going to happen, so I chose to take a step back and accept the fact that this year just isn’t going to happen for me and Coachella.
SIDE RANT:(I’m sorry Coachella, just know you’re still in my heart and I’ll miss you more than you know this first weekend… because let’s be honest… the first weekend is where it’s at… keep it original)
Anyway, once I figured Coachella was a no-go, I decided to focus on smaller more realistic adventures I could go on
ENTER: Idea #1 Beyond Wonderland and Idea #2 Denver
Faggle Rock and I had been talking more than we’d talked in months when I finally moved up to ABQ. There were talks of me going to visit him up in Denver and him coming down here… And all for what? I don’t know… A hang out sesh, a drinking sesh and a hook-up?! Yeah… sounds about right.
So this goes on for about two solid months and every time, I never booked my flight.
The first time I was ready and willing to hop on expedia and say “hello Denver!” he ended up being super flaky about plans and for anyone that knows me, I’m not one to travel without some sort of plan. I mean what if I got stranded at the airport because he couldn’t pick me up or he worked one of the days I was there and I ended up stuck hanging out at his house with the dogs… Not exactly how I wanna spend my mini-adventure. So FAIL!
Then it just became this game…
FR: When are you coming to Denver?
Me: It was your idea to come here first, when are you coming to ABQ?
and so on… and so on… you get the picture.
So I got over it and moved on to a new mission. Beyond.
During the time I was planning my Beyond trip there was still talks of traveling to Denver but the difference is, and the point I’m trying to make with this novel of a story, is that all it took was one yes for Beyond and I made it happen. With Denver, the yes was there the whole time, we would have found a way to work something out plus we have a mutual friend that lives in Denver and she would have most likely been able to pick me up and hang if Faggle Rock ended up being busy with work but still every time I made an excuse.
So what does that say? I don’t know, I haven’t figured that out quite yet. Maybe my priorities lie in music based adventures, with friends who get my music and enjoy my music, instead of an adventure that I don’t know the outcome of.
With my Beyond adventure, I know I’m going to have the time of my life and I know my perspectives will change or I’ll at least be reminded of why I work so hard. Had I gone to Denver I’d worry about what we were going to do, is FR going to have to work leaving me to go on a solo adventure, was he going to make some condescending comment about my life choices. (and I mean everything from my “shitty techno music” to how horrible Vegas and California are) Having to worry about whether or not he was going to keep his meaningless and pointless comments to himself, not so fun.
And truth be told, maybe they aren’t meaningless and pointless because he manages to get a rise out of me every time he mentions the shit he mentions BUT I just think he should be supportive. Like cool, I get it, you hate my trance and house music but get over it… I don’t give him slack for the things he does with his life… I say do it if it makes you happy, he says I don’t know how you do (enter some topic here)
Long story short:
Do what makes you happy because if it’s important you’ll find a way and if it’s not you’ll find an excuse.