No green lights.

Crossing the road in Vietnam is by no means a simple task. Bikes zoom by you in every direction. The sound of horns fills your ears – angry honking that makes you jump. It’s usually ridiculously hot. Sweat trips into your eyes, blurring your vision as you look for an opening. It’s chaos. There’s no discernible order or system to the carnage.

That means there’s no ‘right time’ to cross the road. Of course, there are ebbs and flows to the size and scope of the obstacles that face you. But if you’re waiting for a clear path before you get going – prepare to wait forever.

So it is with life. The stars will never align. There’ll always be reasons – sensible, logical reasons – not to embark on new endeavours, whether that’s having a child, changing careers, pursuing a creative goal, starting a business or simply trying to get in shape.

You have to choose to start now. Right now. Now is the time. Get comfortable being uncomfortable, and get moving. Violence of action will overcome your fear.

“Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”

-Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Stay abreast of the dangers, of the obstacles, of the heat and the pressure – but don’t let them stop you. Never take a step backwards. Just keep going. Onwards and upwards.

So why do we cross the road in the first place? To get to the other side, stupid.

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