Actor Hugh Laurie once said, “It’s a terrible thing...in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling...that actually no one is ever ready to do anything.”
Laurie goes on to explain that no such aspect as readiness is real, as now is the only time we’re sure of. Because of this, “now is as good a time as any.”
This thought process is universal, as it applies to love, travel, and buying a new home. While certain aspects of your life should align before purchasing, including finances, you shouldn’t be afraid to dive into buying a new home if you feel like doing it. Here’s why:
Time is relative. According to an opinion article on PuckerMob, “Time is only a measure of moments passing.” Because of this, we shouldn’t give it more power than that. It shouldn’t control our decision-making in the direction of life.
It’s your choice. Choice and the power of free will determine the direction of your life. Many people use bad timing as a scapegoat, but they chose that time. You could’ve waited three more minutes or three more months, but you chose then. Time had nothing to do with it. Decision did.
Time is an easy excuse to make, but blaming time doesn’t change the outcome. Timing doesn’t get better or worse, and it continues without a second thought. That’s an important realization.
If you’re waiting to build a family or for the right career move in order to buy a new home, you’ll keep waiting. If you wait for the market to be at its best, you could miss out on your dream home.
If you choose to purchase a home because or in spite of these circumstances, you can make the best of it. It’s all your choice.
The perfect moment doesn’t exist. People wait forever for the perfect moment. The right time to say “I love you” to a new significant other, the right time to start a family, the right time to move out of your parents’ house or travel the world. Some people even wait for the stars and planets to align or for their zodiac to explain circumstances.
These perfect moments that are fabricated in your mind don’t exist. If you want to say “I love you”, start a family, or move out of your parents house -- do it, while you still have time.
Pastor and author Mark Batterson once said, “If you wait for perfect conditions to seize an opportunity, you’ll be waiting [until] the day you die.”
You have to be OK with risk. Many people wait until the right time to do anything because it’s a common, societally accepted excuse. People make excuses when they’re scared to make a decision, because with a decision comes permanency and the potential to fail or succeed, the latter of which paralyzes a lot of people. Being scared or nervous is completely normal.
However, the best way to deal with this anxious reality is to accept risk and go for it. If you’re considering buying a new home, do it. Sitting around, waiting, and blaming timing aren’t viable options for achieving anything.
It’s important to remember that timing is inconsistent, imperfect, and messy. The concept of time is an individual perception, leading us to believe that a good and bad time for big life steps (like buying a home) exists.