Time is a valuable thing, yet we continually waste it. When it’s gone, it’s gone and we’ll never get it back. If we know the resources of time are limited, why do we care so little about it?

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This week I learned the word cereal is derived from the name of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships. 

I learned the average human produces enough saliva in a lifetime to fill two swimming pools.

I also learned Pternophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers.

What do these things have to do with anything? 

Absolutely nothing. 

That’s my point.

It’s been a while since my last writing because I am so easily distracted. As the thoughts ramble around in my head, I have plenty of things I want to write about but I spend my time on things I probably shouldn’t be wasting time on. 

After I sit in zombie mode staring at useless facts on my computer screen, I look at the clock and think think to myself “crap, look at the time”. I often realize hours have gone by. As I go through the adventures of my life I often realize days have gone by, then weeks, months and of course, years.

There are plenty of things I want to do, or meant to do, but just didn’t. My excuse is usually “I didn’t have enough time”. We’ve all said there isn’t enough time in the day to do what we want, but is that really true?

Another interesting fact I’ve learned is humans live roughly 27,375 days (based on a life expectancy of 75 years). You may get a few more, but you also might get less. 

When you start visualizing actual numbers like these on our life, it’s scary to think how many of these can be wasted. Imagine if you knew the countdown for how long you have left to live. Would you still waste time?

Time is very limited, but it’s not a lost cause. It just has to be managed correctly, which means paying better attention to what we do with it.

It’s feels like just yesterday that I graduated high school, yet 28 years have passed. I often question what I’ve accomplished in that time versus what I want to accomplish. I think about who I was then versus who I am now. I don’t feel I’ve wasted my life, but I know I know have wasted time. 

It’s not that I’m not motivated to do what I want, I just get distracted. 

Procrastination is horrible thing. We think we can put things off, but we may not get a chance later to do what we want. Whether the distraction is time, money or just plain old motivation (aka laziness), you have to kick yourself in the butt to make things happen because distractions are always going to happen.

Life is the ultimate distraction…

Time doesn’t care about your excuses.  You need to make things happen in your life!

Don’t look back later and wish you’d done something.

Written by Marty Augustine

Marty Augustine - Writer


 

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