Stop Wishing, Start Doing


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How many things do you want to cross off your bucket list? five, 10, 20, 1,000? Are you working towards achieving them?

They should not always be extraordinary things like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro; they could be as simple as riding a felouka for the first time or ditching your car to take the metro from Maadi to Downtown Cairo. They can be things you’ve always wanted to do but never had the “time” to. Let me tell you something: it is never a matter of time, just a matter of decisions.

There come a lot of moments in your life where your instincts just fire up, an idea pops up and you feel yourself wanting to do something or go somewhere, and then you just let it go. It happens to all of us.

A while ago, I was introduced to Mel Robbins’ “five second rule”: five seconds in which you have an impulse to act on a goal where you must physically move within five seconds or your brain will kill the idea. Following those five seconds, your self-doubt kicks in, overthinking hits you in the face, and you hold yourself back from doing anything.

Well, life comes down to those five seconds. This small time frame pushes you to share your ideas with courage, be confident and, most importantly, beat fear and uncertainty. Do not wait for someone to make it happen; make a few spontaneous decisions yourself because the “right” time will never come.

Being spontaneous guarantees that you will never live a dull moment. You will be happier, your life will be more exciting and you will be less disappointed. I only learned how much my life could improve by trying it out for myself. Do what makes you feel good, and it will only make you feel better.

Hit the gym, try a yoga class, cook dinner for your friends, go on a solo trip, smile to a stranger, tell someone you like them, quit your job, call someone you have not seen in ages. It is better to be spontaneous and wrong than to be cautious and right every single time.

Remember that the most beautiful things in life are not things; they are people, places, memories, and pictures. They are feelings, moments, smiles, and laughter.

What are you waiting for? 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – Be spontaneous!

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