Every day we wake up, we do our morning routine, and we’re out the door. Next minute you’re having your 9 am coffee, and next it’s lunch. You look again and you’re almost home; do this a few times and we have ourselves a weekend; next thing you know it’s Monday morning again. Time flies whether we’re having fun or not. It comes down to what we value, and what we choose to prioritise in our life that will determine the time we spend.
It is only when you start learning something new, that you begin to realise how much you don’t know. You then try and determine how long it would take you to master your new skill. You anticipate the time it will take to gain a respectable level of aptitude. All good and well, but you start wondering where you will find the time to do all of this.
Perhaps you could skip drinks on Friday, wake up an hour earlier, stay up an hour later, say no to that gym session or family gathering. The unfortunate result is that you are inevitably forfeiting time spent on one thing for another. What determines which activity we choose?
It’s all about priorities.
Does your family matter more to you than a new language that you’ve always wanted to learn? If that is the case, you will most likely choose the family gathering over the foreign language class on the weekend. Do you prefer an eight-hour sleep over the late night, or early morning work session? It’s all about priorities – choosing the one over the other.
There are always trade-offs in life. Where we end up is a result of the actions we have taken and the activities we have chosen to do and forfeit. The problem lies where we want to be spending time on a specific activity, but instead choose the easy route.
In the end, there is nothing wrong with staying in late on the weekend if that’s what you want. But if you were honest with yourself your priorities will ultimately determine your happiness. There is only a finite amount of time in a person’s life to achieve and experience the things one desires. We need to determine what we want in life, and what we are willing to give up in order to gain it. The difficult part is choosing what to forfeit.
“I was determined to play my horn against all odds, and I had to sacrifice a whole lot of pleasure to do so.” – Louis Armstrong
by Spencer Schafer