Hello, hi. Welcome back guys.
I’ve been thinking about time a lot this week and how I always feel like I don’t have enough of it. I’m constantly in battle with myself about whether or not I’m spending my free time wisely, and if what I am spending a whole bunch of time on will benefit me in the future. The death of young musicians such as Mac Miller (RIP) was one of the latest that really hit home for me. It’s very rare that musicians I personally listen to pass away, so it’s hard to imagine a life where I don’t get new albums and singles anymore because I just assume I have enough time before that happens. This brings me to my little think piece on “time”.
Now, time is a weird one. There are occasions when you think about how it’s going nowhere and you have your whole life to do the things you want to. With that in mind, you decide to live for today and only today. You decide to live in the moment, with no worries and enjoy yourself.
Then, there are also times when things happen (such as a premature death) that make you backtrack. You then start to think about how you don’t have enough time, so you should do everything you want to do as soon as possible. This isn’t necessarily a bad mindset to have, it helps you get things done when they need to be.
However, it can mean that at my ripe age of 20 years old, I already believe “I don’t have enough time” and I know I’m not alone. There are so many 20 somethings who feel like they have to be at a certain stage of life at a certain age and when they aren’t, get down on themselves. I know for me there are a lot of things I’m yet to do and when I look at my mates who have, I feel like some type of failure for it.
Everyone’s timing is different. Yes we all have the same 24 hours, but what we choose to do with those 24 hours makes all the difference to people’s individual stories. This idea of running out of time is fair in some respect, because we will eventually. However, that doesn’t mean we should feel inadequate for not reaching a certain goal within a certain time period.
So many of us are rushing to get to some kind of finish line we’ve planted for ourselves but when we do get to that finish line, we create another one to reach. Again, this isn’t a problem if we’re acknowledging the achievement of reaching that first finish line but a lot of us aren’t. I can raise my hand and say that is definitely me.
I don’t know at what stage I stopped congratulating myself on my little achievements but it happened, and it happened because I kept making other time sensitive goals to reach with this perception of needing to get things done before I run out of time.
There are 24 hours in a day, and we’re gifted with a fresh set every day. Of course, we run out of those 24 hours eventually. Regardless, take both perceptions of time on board. Live every hour to the best of your ability but also strive to achieve something in them.
Be proud of whatever little achievements you reach in those 24 hours, be proud of your growth no matter how long it took for you to get there. When time does finally run out, you can be content in the knowledge you achieved and lived.
with all my love,