Monday 29 May 2017

Angela Scanlon: don't put off 'til tomorrow what you really want today

Angela Scanlon
Angela Scanlon
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Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in 2001

Angela Scanlon

There are mornings I wake up, hop on Pinterest and unearth some words to get me going. If I feel a little lost or disgruntled or upset, I Google 'inspirational quotes' and I feel better. There is one for every eventuality and, although they're cheesy and I sometimes feel I'm turning into Oprah, they give me something I need in that moment.

This one by Buddha, that wise little cross-legged dude, hit me like a tonne of feathers the other day. "The trouble is, you think you have time."

There are only 24 hours in a day and, frankly, that's not half enough. It is constant, we are scrambling and, in so many ways, this is a wonderful complaint. But I am perpetually grappling with the fear that my desire to take opportunities, to build something lasting, is actually clouding my vision and preventing me from seeing the real opportunities that life offers.

"You'll only regret the chances you didn't take" - another good one to kick you back into action when you're running out of steam. And I think it's true. So often I speak to people who have made choices or failed to make choices that mean they're at a point in their lives where they feel stuck. Like time has disappeared and they can't hit refresh and start again. Time is catching up and, no matter how quickly you move, it's moving quicker.

This is fact - it sounds initially morbid and depressing, but in reality it is the key. We know it, we see it every day with death and illness, but the inevitability means it's sometimes easier to just ignore it than to take action. We create the lives we inhabit and that can be a terrifying thing. Things don't always 'just happen', it's not simply a 'roll of the dice' and you can choose not to play the 'cards you were dealt'. That realisation is hugely empowering but requires a level of responsibility. That's the tricky bit. For me anyway.

The knowing that the life you're living is of your own making. That you can either swim along in the slipstream and hope for the best or you can get out of the water and hop on a bike with a bell and peddle your little heart out to get to the next place. You are the one who decides the destination, no one else is in control.

It's hard sometimes - to shake yourself off, say out loud the things you dream of - but taking that chance, that leap of faith, that bravery will always pay off. It will take time and tears and you'll sometimes wonder what the hell you're doing and why you even bother but you'll never ever wish you hadn't started.

"Courage doesn't always roar, sometimes it's the quiet voice at the end of the day that whispers: 'I'll try again tomorrow.'" Get up, get on with it and always try again tomorrow.

Seeing double

Double denim is a combination that has stood the test of time. Classic and unconventional at once, the workingman's fabric that has infiltrated the world of high fashion. Karl Lagerfeld wishes he invented it. Adopted by stars and us mortals when we want to cause a stir - who can forget Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in full blown Canadian tuxedo at the American Music Awards in 2001? It is one of my all-time favourite fashion moments because it is so brilliantly ridiculous and breathtakingly inspiring at once.

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