When I first started this blog I wrote Tick Tock, a post about time and the seconds we have in a day. I am still fascinated by the idea of time because time is really the only thing we have in life. How much time do we really have through? The answer to this is simple: not a lot. We don’t have a lot of time to start our next project, we don’t have a lot of time to meet that special someone, and we don’t have a lot of time to make our dreams come true.
The earth has been around for about 4.5 billion years. Once you know that, it really puts our 80 years lives, if you are lucky, into perspective. Our 80 year live are almost nothing in the grand scheme of things, but they do not have to be nothing. Think of all the people that have change the world in their years like Gondhi, Nelson Mandela, and Steve Jobs to name a few. To do this though, we have to do things today and not wait until tomorrow.
Think about how many times you have said to yourself, “I have plenty of time to do that.” Before you know it the month you thought you had is over and you either have to rush through what it was you wanted to do or you just forget about it completely. Think about all the times you looked back on something and thought, “that went by so fast.” This happened to me with my freshman year of college. The funny this though, it did not feel like it flew by until it was over.
From these thoughts I learned two things. First is that I cannot wait for the right moment, I need to act and create the right moment. A lot of times I will tell myself that I have plenty of time and I continually put things off and then time runs out. If we want to accomplish our dreams we need to go out and do it because no matter how much time we think we have, we do not have a lot. The second thing I learned was that in life I need to slow down. This may sound counterproductive to making the most of our time. We want to as much done as possible in the short amount of time we have but when I look back on the last year I do not remember a lot of it. I believe this is the case because I was always rushing through my days going from one task to the next trying to get the most done. After thinking about this I come to realize that maybe there is something to that old saying quality of quantity. If we slow down in our lives, we will come to appreciate things more. We can turn our walk to class into a peaceful walk through nature or turn our lunch into a delicious assortment of food.
One of the questions that I have been trying to answer for a while now is how to make the absolute most out of the little time we do have. Although I do not think I found the answer yet, I believe this is part of it. We have to act, not wait and when we act we have to slow down and really take in the moments we create. Make lasting memories of quality with the people that are important in your life and find meaning in meaningless moments.
From now on when I think about how much time I have, I am not going to tell myself that I have plenty of time. I am going to tell myself I do not have a lot of time, not enough. Is there anything you are putting off right now because you have plenty of time? Did you have think about how much time you actually have?