Having & Wanting

Oprah quote

It’s been a while since I’ve had the time or energy to come to this space. I want to write, I need to write, but somehow it is always the last thing on the “to do” list with many, many other competing priorities.

I’ve recently started volunteering for The Smith Family in their iTrack youth mentoring program. Once a week for an hour I take part in a live web chat with “my” student. Eventually the goal is for me to provide her with some support and mentoring around possible future career and training choices but for now we’re just starting to get to know each other. She has already offered me some fantastic advice around hair care products and, as is the way with most 15 year old these days, she is helping to guide my choice in movies and music (I’m generally incredibly “un hip” in these areas!).

We’ve only “spoken” for 2 hours so far but I am already getting the sense of a strong, determined, happy, engaging and independent young woman on the other end of the internet. I’m in awe of her already.

Today she wanted me to answer some of those traditional “getting to know you” questions and one of the ones she threw at me was “Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?” (see what I mean by awe?? I don’t think I even knew about the existence of inspirational quotes when I was 15!!!).

The quote I gave her was this one:

Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do

It’s an Oprahism that I have come across in a few places lately and it’s really singing to me at the moment.

There are some things that I just have to do at the moment that aren’t exactly floating my boat. But they have to be done. They need to be done. For now.

That doesn’t mean that the things I really want to do won’t happen. There are things I am working on behind the scenes to make sure that when opportunity knocks and the time is right I will be ready to go.

It’s not forever and always. Things will change. They always do. And when that happens those things that I really want to do will be there – and I’ll be ready and waiting for them.

Do you have things that you really want to do but the “need to do” things get in the way??


2 Comments on Having & Wanting

  1. Courtney
    June 1, 2015 at 11:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh absolutely. I’ve realized that I’ve made – not so much a mistep – but I sort of lost my way when I ended up in PR instead of writing. I love writing and reading and am planning to go back to school to become a high school teacher but for now I need to keep working in public relations. I am very at peace, though, with doing what I have to do to do what I want to do!

  2. Karen
    June 16, 2015 at 7:06 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Courtney – isn’t it great when you actually have the realisation?? Everything kind of clicks into place then – even if you can’t actually follow through with it at the time.


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