Why It’s Okay to Start Over More Than Once

I’ve had to start over — and over and over and over and over.

This very blog post has actually been sitting in my drafts for over a year. And someday I might start updating my blog regularly, but it might not be today, or tomorrow, or next week, or next month, or next year, or while blogging and the internet are still relevant things…

Being a human person isn’t always easy, and sometimes, as people, we set lots of goals and make lots of plans, and for a while — a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months — we work really hard and take big strides in the direction we’re looking to go. And sometimes we get there. Sometimes we reach those goals.

And sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we find ourselves back at the starting line — or a few hundred yards behind the starting line — and you know what?

That’s okay.

For one, goals can change. Maybe you’ve gotten off-course only to realize you’re not even running the same race anymore. Maybe you want to find a new race, one that’s a little more your speed.

For another, life can get in the way. The entire year of 2020 aside, there are always going to be obstacles and challenges to overcome. Try not to let little things derail you — but if something a bit bigger comes along and rams you right off the tracks, well, shit happens. Get going again once the train passes by.

I know you’ve heard it before, but progress is progress, even if you have to hit pause for a while, or mash the rewind button until you’re back at the beginning.

What’s the metaphor count for this post so far? Three?

Anyway, it’s a cycle. Whether you’re starting fresh or starting somewhere in medias res, you’re still starting.

So I’m starting over again, and that’s fine. If you’re starting over again, I’m right there with you.

2 thoughts on “Why It’s Okay to Start Over More Than Once”

  1. Or hop on that train to wherever it’s going!? Hobo time!!
    As an OCD serial procrastinator of immense proportions I’m only 6 years behind on my tax returns and they owe me money for every year!!! So much for rewards motivation!?
    I used to do corporate taxes for Fortune 500 companies!!! But that little transient ischemic stroke 10 years ago supposedly diminished my basic math skills like addition, subtraction, etc. It drives me nuts!!
    Oh well! Que serape!!
    Write on, quiet one!!

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