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Making time for living

Been thinking about time. About priorities- about what can make up a day- or even a lifetime. A Saturday can be composed of hours, repairs- house work, ...

Been thinking about time.
About priorities- about what can make up a day- or even a lifetime. A Saturday can be composed of hours, repairs- house work, chores etc. The list never ends. As a regular part of life, this comment may sound irresponsible or immature- but I feel likes its really easy for life to be consumed with responsibilities and “priorities”, yet the real priorities in life get avoided or pushed under the rug. I’m talking about the priorities life that you look back on, that you wished you took more advantage of. The priorities that you reflect on as you look back on your life, maybe on your deathbed. Most stories you hear about life, don’t dwell on the more time you should have spent in the office. I think some of the biggest regrets in life are the ones that we weren’t there for. That I didn’t spend enough time with my family, care for my parents or genuinely love people. I think at the end of life we realize that many of the things we made priorities weren’t so much the priorities at all. 

So why does society make you feel less than for only working part time, instead of 40 hours a week? Why is it faux pas to take extended vacation? I think a lot has to do with financial security, but the root of it, the heart of it, is the control factor. We like to be in control of our time. We like to control our loved ones time, our families time, our friends time, but I find it increasingly harder to GIVE my time. I’m guessing by looking back on life, most people wished they had more time to give. Typically people don’t comment on how slow life dragged by, or how their kids took forever to grow up. Time is usually described as precious. Almost a gift. Time is firstly meant to give. Deep down I know this, because I know it will lead to a fulfilling life-but why so hard? For me, I want to soak up the time on hand. It’s a bit backwards than how most view life, but I want to take trips while I’m young-while I can easily climb, hike, run. I want to make memories now, make time for people now. The dishwasher, the dusting can wait. 

Time is a living definition. We are dying everyday.

I encourage you friend to step back and look at your life. Where can you cut out some time for other responsibilities to pursue things that will nourish your soul- the person you are. Invest in the person that you are, and let your mind be at peace as you truly grab and invest, wholly taking part in the fullness of life, not just in your to do list. 

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

-Jobs

Brittany Hayward