Time is a funny thing, especially when you get a little older. I’ll be 50 in less than 3 months and time seems to be sending me more messages every day. There are more memories that I think about, dwell on, get emotional over; along with the fact that I can clearly see that I don’t have as much time as I once did in my life.
It is the same for everyone. It is an equal currency for each of us. A dollar can represent many different things to different people. Time can too. But when I look at the value of each, I get different messages in my head. I’ve heard many times before that most people that don’t have a lot of money, sometimes have a lot of time on their hands. The other side of the coin is that people with a lot of money, don’t have a lot of time for other things. It’s also been said that most people won’t have a lot of both. I’d like to change that of course for me and my family, but I’m still working on it.
Earl is sure right on with this quote. The time passes anyway. If there is fear about how long a certain accomplishment might take and that fear hold us back? We have to start looking at the undeniable fact that the time will indeed pass and that possible accomplishment will always be a wish. There is also truth in the fact that time will continue on, but the willingness, ability and circumstances needed to make that accomplishment a reality – those will not be there later in life. There is a big difference from trying to do something in your 20’s compared to your 60’s. I see it as the sooner the better when it comes down to wanting to do something with your life, something that will last and make a difference with others.
As time goes by, and it seems it’s going by faster and faster – which we know really isn’t true; it becomes easier to see that changes have to be made in order to act upon the goals and dreams that you have in your life. One minute of time when I was 10 years old is the same sixty seconds as a minute is today for me. However, those 60 seconds are different at age 49, with a wife and two adult children, a career in education that includes teaching and coaching, bills to be paid, time spent with other family members, etc.
I had goals and dreams at 10 years old. I also have different goals and dreams today. So that one minute of time, that sixty seconds (at least to me) is totally different today than it was almost forty years ago. Those forty years have gone by, way too fast I might add, and I’ve accomplished some pretty cool things in my life, but there is more still to do. I also see it as the urgency for me sure is different today than when it was when I was 10.
So, take a look at where you are now. How much time has gone by in your life so far? We know what that is for sure as it is very easy to measure. What we don’t know is how much time is left. What can we all do to make better use of that time we have left? Those things that are close to our heart should be things that we want to take our time to go after. Start today. There is no better place in time to begin something. I know I need to do just that today. How about you?