At some point in your life, you have to be true to yourself, stop being foolish, ignore peer pressure, and say, “That's it. I'm done with being stupid.” Sounds harsh, but it's true. Think about the many times you knew not to do something, but still went ahead and danced to the tune of the crowd, only to hurt yourself in the end. What about the days you needed to invest your time in what mattered to you, but did what others wanted you to do because you didn't want to offend anyone? Not very smart.
As you grow older, you begin to realize that all you have in life is time, and the scary thing is you never really know how much time life is going to give you. There are so many popular sayings about making the most of your time that it’s almost cliché to say it again. But the truth is when all is said and done, when your time on earth is up, all that matters is what you did between the time your mother gave birth to you and the time Mother Nature says that’s it. Doesn’t it make sense, with so much uncertainty as to how much time you really have to spend on earth, to draw up a roadmap of what you want to do with your time and go for it? Some sort of checklist of the little, but meaningful things you have to accomplish by the end of each day to ensure that, however and whenever Mother Nature calls you home, you’re happy to go.
Having a great job is nice, but if your work deprives you of spending quality time with your family, you might need to reconsider your priorities. Travelling the world is wonderful, but if your time away puts a strain on your relationship with your partner, you should think twice. Buying what you love is great, but if your purchases leave your bank account empty and prevent you from helping a friend in need, what’s the point?
Your life is all about what you do with every hour, every minute, and even every second. Take an inventory of the last 24 hours and what you have and haven’t done, and decide whether you would be happy if those were the last 24 hours of your life. In the words of one of my favorite writers, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven, a time to be born and a time to die.”
You never know what time of your life you are in right now, so quit the foolishness and make each second work for you. Whether you like it or not, time passes softly.