I bought my first hourglass yesterday. I didn’t need an hourglass, but I bought it because I wanted to watch time.
Time, the worlds’ most valuable and possibly most overlooked asset, is relative. It flies by and, too often, we don’t realize how quickly it goes. We spend our childhoods anxious to grow up, and our adult lives wishing that we were younger. We squeeze something into every minute of our day, but we waste hours mindlessly in front of the television at night. There are 1,440 minutes in a day, what do you do with yours?
Last night, I flipped my hourglass back and forth, watching the minutes and seconds pass. For some reason, time seemed slower than normal. I was able to relax a little bit more, read more than usual and unwind as I watched the sand fall. Something about my hourglass allowed me to be grateful for the relaxing time I had to unwind at night, perhaps it’s because I was able to appreciate it more by watching it or perhaps simply because I was more aware of the value of each minute. Somone once said that “time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
How much time in your life have you wasted and lost? I know that I have lost years over dissatisfaction with my body, an eating disorder and worrying about uncontrolable things in my life. Do not follow my past example, do not let other people and their opinions spend your time for you. You control what you do with your time. Find what you love to do, what you are passionate about, and do that thing. Spend your time where it is most valuable to you. Above all, watch time, for, before you know it, your time will be gone. Allow yourself 15 minutes of your 1,440 today and spend it with a friend, child, or parent. You actually have a lot more time in your day than you might think, you just need to watch it first to appreciate it.