Quit making excuses and get off your ass and do it

Carlene M. Dean
5 min readDec 1, 2020

A three-step guide toward moving forward

Photo by Wouter Dijkstra on Unsplash

So, how are you all doing with those things, great and small, that you promised to do because of lockdowns and isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Not very well? You’re not alone. Not everyone has — including myself — achieved all they planned to do with all their “free” time. So don’t feel bad.

Even though there is now at least three drug companies working on reportedly promising vaccines for the coronavirus, here in the U.S. and also in the UK (to my knowledge), there is still a stretch of “shutdown” left for many of us to to live through. Therefore we still have time to tone up our bodies, read more books, get in touch with our inners selves through virtual therapy, and so on.

“Just Do It” — Famous marketing slogan for Nike

Several months ago, my ideas were to study Chinese, learn to play the guitar, and get back into making jewelry (one of my fave hobbies). Other goals I had involved what I DIDN’T want to do, that is, eat too much “junk,” imbibe boatloads of alcoholic beverages (like some people have fallen prey to), and spend too much time with my face stuck on a screen.

As it were, the latter things are going fairly well. As for the first three goals, not so good. I’ve learned to say “thank you” in Chinese (so now I know how to say that phrase in five languages), I’ve started (but not finished) a new necklace, and as for the guitar, I glance at it occasionally and its presence reminds me to pick it up but somehow I never do …

Obviously advice that I — and probably many, many other people — need to embrace is the aforementioned slogan by he famous athletic shoemaker, “Just Do It.” Or in the words of an self-help/improvement article I read here today on Medium, (I’m paraphrasing), “If you think you want to/should do something, do it.” I can’t remember whether this article was by Nick Wignall, Tim Denning, Ayo the Writer or maybe Michael Thompson, because my word consumption has included stuff by all of these men today.

Partly due to their inspirational writings, I got my butt out on my bicycle today in 20-some degree temperature. Needless to say the ride didn’t last too long but it did get my legs working and heart moving faster. Plus…

Carlene M. Dean

Experienced professional writer/freelancer and former newspaper reporter-turned-online writer/blogger. Thinker. “Old soul”, young hippie, empath.