Monday, March 30, 2009

Just Do It Does Have A Nice Ring To It!

I never really got Nike's whole "Just Do It" slogan.

Just go running? Just exercise? Uhhhh, I don't think so. I was never into just doing any of those things and I'm still not.

So every time I saw a Nike ad or commercial with that logan, I tuned it out thinking that it was meant for other people.

But recently, I find myself saying those words over and over again. Just do it!
Just write.
Just create.
Just try something new.
Just keep at it. Don't give up. Don't be scared of failure and ridicule.
Just close your eyes and DO IT!

It seems like in life more than half the battle of doing anything is the just-doing-it part. But that's also the hardest part.

Especially as we get older, it's harder and harder to "just do it." We get set in our ways, we don't have time, we don't the will, we don't feel like it's appropriate to take such risks, we feel old, we are afraid of looking stupid, we start to lose faith in ourself and a hundred other things that keep us from just doing the things that we only dream about.

But then some of us oldies (you know who you are!!!) get a little fire in our belly and we say to hell with it, we're just going to try it. We very well might fail but who gives a damn.
At least we tried!


  1. I second that! Cheers to trying! Just doing it! Woo-hoo! (sorry for the excessive exclamation points, but I really do mean them all!)

  2. I have always loved the concept of Just Do It. Not necessarily in the athletic side of life, but just in general.

    Sometimes you can debate the pros and cons all day and nothing gets done... I'm a big fan of movement... forward, sideways, hopefully not backward, but at least get up, get moving and adjust as you go!

  3. I think the hardest part is just not having the time. I would love to take a chance on something exciting now. BUT the whole job/kids/bills thing is kind of cramping my style. I think back on the lost weekends of my youth that I spent shopping (with money I didn't have of course). I wish I could get those back and do something real with them.