Always wanted to write a book? Put pen to paper. Right now.
Dreaming of moving to Paris? Start a job search (and maybe learn a few French phrases). Today.
Have an idea for a new business? Author a plan. Now.
Unless we reach for our goals, they'll always remain just that - goals.
Where is this urgency coming from? I just finished A Thousand Hills to Heaven, a novel recommended by my book club, that tells the tale of a young couple who move to Rwanda to further humanitarian efforts fighting poverty in the rural areas of the country. "Heaven" in the title is actually an allusion to the first-class restaurant they start in Kigali, where they created jobs for young Rwandans, while also teaching skills not yet available elsewhere in the country. While they certainly experienced setbacks, heartaches and doubts, they continued to reach for their goals. And, best of all, made the world a slightly better place because they kept at it.
It is hard not to be inspired by their story. In fact, the boyfriend has now heard many versions of my plan to "save the world" as a result. But, I think that is important: to want to save the world. Even more significant is the reminder that sometimes it is possible. If only we start today.