Time is fleeting…and yet we are constantly wishing it away.
As children, we are impatient to grow up. As young adults, we can’t wait for the day when we will be taken seriously; when we have our independence and are able to start making our own choices. This then continues into adulthood, when so much time is spent fretting about the next step, waiting for the day when we’ll be making more money…can move from an apartment into a house…or finally, have ‘it’ all figured out.
We’re constantly looking ahead, hurrying things forward, and wishing we were ‘there’ instead of ‘here’.
But why do we insist on squandering so much of our precious time?
No doubt that at some point growing up, you received plenty of warning about the dangers of wishing your life away. Everyone can remember at some time or another, being told by their parents, teachers, grandparents etc…that you need to make the most of your youth. That before you know it, it’ll all be over…and that one day, you’ll look back and be asking yourself ‘where did time go?’
One day, you’ll suddenly find yourself not hoping for time to speed up, but for it to slow down.
It’s worth remembering that the time you are given here on this earth is more valuable than anything else you will ever have; more valuable than any stable job, expensive car, big bank balance or status…
It’s too valuable to waste spent on days of complaining or refusing to get out of bed because you’re impatient of waiting for things to change.
Time is life, and you should want to make every minute worthwhile.
So, because sometimes nothing but the cold, hard truth is the only way to effectively drive a point home, here are some hard-hitting truths explaining why time is never on your side – and should be used accordingly.
It doesn’t matter what your job title might be or how much money you have in the bank, your time is still the same as everybody else’s – limited. Time doesn’t have favorites, it doesn’t care who you are or what you want to do with it, you will never be able to buy back any time that you’ve wasted.
We all have days when we want nothing more than to just stay in bed, hide away from the world for a time or just laze around eating ice cream. That’s fine. Doing nothing, like everything else, has its time and place.
However, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that time will wait for you to catch up. Time spent on being angry, being lazy, being miserable is still time passing you by. It’s up to you to figure out how you’re going to spend your time most wisely.
Don’t cheat yourself into thinking that you have more time than you do. When we’re young, time seems infinite…it feels as though we can waste all the time in the world and that it won’t matter because there’s still so much of it stretching out before us. Don’t be fooled. ‘One day’ will come and sooner than you expect. When it does, surely the last thing you want is to be full of regrets?
Time doesn’t do hand-outs, extensions or deals for more. You get what you’re given. So the next time you find yourself thinking ‘there’s always tomorrow’ or ‘I’ll do it when I have more time’ – ask yourself, will I ever really have more time than Ido right now? Because if anything, the later you leave things, the less time you actually have.
Our time can be up at any moment and without any warning. This can be a scary thought, but one that should also empower you. There are no guarantees when it comes to time, other than the time you have RIGHT NOW. Consider that. How amazing is it to know that every moment we have is fleeting, and all the more precious as a result?
Once you’re able to fully absorb the reality that life is short, your life can become so much fuller. There is no ‘one day’; if there’s a time to appreciate the beauty of the moment, it’s now. If there’s something you want to do, work towards doing it now.
It’s what a person chooses to do with their time that sets them apart. So you have to decide, what do I want to invest the majority of my time in? How can I make the absolute most of what time I’ve been given?
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