Today is the 19th of September 2016. In the last year I have done quite a bit, most notably travelling around South East Asia and moving to Taiwan to teach English.
I do feel like my view of the world has changed dramatically in the past year. This change has taken place somewhat because to my travelling experience but more so due to my increased interest in personal development which has led to some serious self-introspection.
With this said, I have learnt a lot of new lessons which I am starting to apply to my life. In this blog post I am going to talk about the most prominent realisation which has really changed the way I am going about things on a daily basis. This realisation is the true value of time.
Let me start by stating a fact.
We are all going to die.
Some of us sooner. Some of us later. Either way the fact remains the same that we all have a limited time in this world and that time is ticking away with every moment that goes by. I think that really grasping this concept of one’s own mortality is one of the most important things that a person can do. When you can truly embrace this truth as an inevitability, it becomes easier to shift your perspective onto what’s important.
When you figure out some of the things that are important to you. You can focus your fleeting time onto these things and begin to see real progress in moving your life in a desired direction, rather than in a vicious cycle of escapism.
“Where has the time gone?”
We have all said it. And it’s true, time can easily escape us.
But only I think that this is only the case if we let it go in the first place.
When you are able to take a step back and see the bigger picture. Things become crystal clear. You have not misplaced time. It is here with you right now. You can make a conscious choice to keep time close and use each moment wisely rather than letting it slip away into nothingness.
When I reflect on the past 10 years or so, I am slightly disappointed with the amount of time I have wasted on activities which have really added no value to my life at all. It’s so easy to fall into this mind-set of escapism rather than facing the truth of life.
What do I mean by that?
Of course, the value of an activity is subjective but I would say that for me any activity that allows you to escape from reality rather than embrace reality could be considered a waste. These activities change forms depending on the person but most of us engage in them.
Now, I understand what many people who read this will be thinking:
“You need to enjoy your time as well, right? It can’t just all be work, progress, reality. Relaxing, switching off and taking it easy are important too or you will be miserable.”
To an extent I agree but I think the problem is that for most people, myself included, it’s very easy to become addicted to this escapism in whatever form it manifests for you. Instead of a one off it becomes a lifestyle of unconsciousness.
This type of subtle addiction is exactly what leaves people scratching their heads wondering where the time has disappeared to. Before they know it life has flashed them by and are dumbstruck. They have no idea how it happened so quickly. They have disregarded the true value of time.
I feel so grateful that I have learnt this lesson fairly early on in my life and can now take steps to make the most out of my time.
It’s a clique but today really could be my last. I don’t want to throw it away.
I don’t want to live or die thinking about all the things I COULD have done with my time. I want to do as many of those things as possible.
At the end of the day the important thing for me it’s not necessarily achieving anything specifically. But having that self-respect in knowing that my time was used in a way that was right for me.
The same should be true for you. It’s never too late to start living with this mindset.
I hope this little yearly update gave you an insight into where my head is currently at. There is a lot that I want to do and while my path may not be clear, I’m determined to focus much of my time in the next year on clearing it.
See you in 2017,