Time is not a measure, it is a being. A living, breathing, bipolar being. I swear it has a personality. Multiple, actually. One minute, Time can be your best friend and another your worst enemy. It likes to mess with you too, that Time. It makes you think you’ll have lots of it and then, out of nowhere, it’s gone. And yet, it’s always there. It’s enough to drive anyone mad.
Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned about Time :
1) Time really does fly when you’re having fun. It’s one of life’s cruellest realities, right up there with the fact that healthy food tastes bad and unhealthy food tastes good. Say you’re in Goa for your vacation. At first you think five days in Goa is a long time. But the bright and sunny days pass by as quickly as the waves of the ocean shore. And before you know it, you’re forcing your friends to pack up quickly so you don’t miss your flight.
2) It also flies when you have things to do. I always, always underestimate the amount of time it will take me to do my chores (especially laundry). Throughout the week, I tend to put things off until the weekend because I think I’ll have all the Time in the world. But when you lump it all into one day, it’s like Time speeds up just to mess with you. You end up accomplishing two out of the eight things on your to-do list, which makes you feel like a big whopping failure. Depressing, I know. The point here is to have low expectations. I normally would never recommend that but in this case, it seems to be the only way to end the day not wanting to punish yourself.
3) It does NOT fly when you’re at work or school. I think when we’re in situations where we’re bored, we’re just more aware of time. So we look at the clock more often, only to see that just two minutes have passed, not the 30 minutes we were hoping for. This can be fixed, at work or college, by referring to #2 above. If you make sure you have a lot of work to do, Time will pass more quickly, and before you know it you’ll be on your way home, singing your favorite song at the top of your lungs and contemplating whether or not to cook. Once again: hypothetical.
4) Sometimes it stands still. These moments are rare, and they can be good or bad. It could happen when you think about a loved one or during an accident when your life flashes before your eyes. Whenever it does happen, take note and etch it into your memory. When time stands still, it’s because your life is about to change.
The bottom line is to make the most of Time. There are 24 hours in a day—always has been, always will be. Knowing that, and knowing the four rules above, get ahead of Time. Don’t let it control you. Know what to expect and plan accordingly. Spend your Time on things that matter. And as much as Time will drive you crazy, it really is precious. Don’t waste it.