If not now, when?

“Do it now! Sometimes later, becomes never.”

We have all the heard the sayings such as “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” or “if not now, when?”

I know that for me personally over the years I have had so many good intentions particularly in relation to handling my Fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, as always, something cropped up to throw me off track, an excuse or a reason which seemed very valid at the time. The reality was, the time wasn’t right for me. It never was! I wasn’t in a place that wanted or allowed me to take control. Time and time again I started something only to give up and ultimately fail.

So, what happens within us when we finally decide enough is enough? A time when we make the decision to fight back and not accept the cards we have been dealt?

For me it was definitely hitting the big 50. No matter what happened now, I knew my life was half over and I wanted to make the second half really count for me. I knew that I had already suffered with Fibromyalgia for 25 years and I knew unless I made changes I would be suffering for another 25. Was I ready? Maybe.

If not now, when

There is little doubt that Fibromyalgia is a robber. It takes our strength and at times our ability to function both mentally and physically. Robs us of our joy and freedom to do what we want, when we want. Make’s us weary of life and takes away our motivation but really does it have to be this way?

Should we put off doing all those things in life that we wanted to do? Should we roll over and say Fibromyalgia take me now? Ok, so it may be tough but surely having a go has got to be better than saying “I quit”.

I think Hugh Laurie sums up the sentiments exactly when he says

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now.  And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good time as any”.

Be brave, be bold and take ownership. There is only now and with just little tweaks or adjustments, you can see a massive impact on how you manage your fibromyalgia – take control of it and not let it control you. You may as well do it now because if not now….when?