It’s the middle of March. March?! I have only one more rotation until Graduation Day! Wow. These past several years have been a roller coaster ride, the least of which was school. Six or so years ago I heard a question, “what will your life be like in five years?” The answer was obvious, extremely obvious. The answer was ‘exactly as it is now but we’ll all be older and probably broker.’
The rule is that if you don’t change then nothing will change. If you think that ‘someday’ you’re going to be OK, or that ‘someday’ you’ll go on that dream vacation… you’re probably wrong. Plans without timelines just don’t happen. Years fly by in a trance and one day you wake up and wonder what on earth happened.
Do you wake up and realize you’ve just spent every day of the last ten years watching two, or more, hours of TV? Did you spend each of those days sleeping in? Or on Facebook? I haven’t done the math but let’s see… two hours a day for 365 days for 10 years….that’s 7300 hours or 304 days spent in front of the TV. That’s almost a year of life that could have been lived. I’m not trying to say not to watch TV, I’m saying is that every thing we do is a trade. Time waits for no one and nothing and it is the same for everyone. How we choose to use it is the only thing we can do.
What could you accomplish in just 2 hours a day? Read some new books? Go for more walks? Spend more time with your family? Learn a new language, start a new career? Two hours seem insignificant until you add it up. I’ve learned these past few years that it’s the small things that make all of the difference. It’s not just that it’s the small things, it’s that it is ONLY the small things that make the difference. Life is lived in the seconds, minutes and hours that then build our days, weeks, months and years.
Five years ago, all I could imagine is that there was something better. I could see others were happy and able to pay their bills. I could see they weren’t any different from me, just people. We’re all just people. As time has progressed, I’ve discovered that there are so many people stuck where I was, stuck in ‘this is my life, guess I should get used to it’ mentality. They’ve decided at 25 or 30, 50 or 70 years of age that their life is essentially over and not going to get any better. They’ve settled.
I say don’t settle. Don’t give up. Go ahead and remember to live your life now, not tomorrow, not next month or next year. Now. Life is short, embrace it. It’s supposed to be a roller coaster ride. Enjoy the ride!
thank you for reading,