I have always been a big believer in time. Time is all we have. We want to spend time with people, spend time doing things we love, and not waste our time. I feel regardless of how much time you spend on something you love… it isn’t nearly enough but it’s all we have.
I just finished reading The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and only given a certain amount of, there’s that word again, time to live. The book includes lessons he believes are important for everyone to learn as he sees his time on Earth winding down.
Honestly, the entire book wasn’t my favorite, he admits to be very egotistical and it comes through in his writing. I did have a favorite section that comments on time, however, because I could relate. In this chapter he gives seven ways to make the most of your time. Since I am a serious (and habitual) multitasker, I totally agreed with his words.
The most obvious tip is to “rethink the telephone.” Absolutely. I have a love/hate relationship with my cell phone and the computer, I do believe they are both necessary evils though. I have a goal this summer, inspired by my step sister and frustration with technology, to spend an entire day without it. I’m sure one day doesn’t seem like much but this actually scares me a bit. I’m willing and excited to make it happen.
“You can always change your plan, but only if you have one.” All my life I have been a planner and a list maker but I have also always had the fear of changing my mind. For some reason I always felt if one day I decided I didn’t want to be something then that made me a liar. I am starting to grow out of that because feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and ideas change, WE change, it’s all a part of life and living it.
Spending the past five years in Europe has given me lots of free time and I have absolutely tried, though not always successfully, not to waste it. Time is the second most important thing that I have to give and I don’t believe in letting it go unused. The ultimate goal in life is to be happy; your time is yours, you should spend it doing the things you want to do, the things that make you happy. We never know how much time we have so I want to make a point,starting now, to use it wisely.