Project365 Blog: January 2.
Title: Ticking Away.
Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future.
--"Fly Like an Eagle" - Steve Miller Band
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way
Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun
And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death
Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say
-- "Time" - Pink Floyd
We're always talking about time... more often it's a case of what time we don't have. "I don't have time to do [___________________]." (You fill in the blank.)
It's interesting how we choose to use the time we have. There are 24 hours in a day, according to our Earth clocks. In reality the Earth completes a rotation in 23 hours and 56 minutes.
But we have 24 hours.
Assume we sleep 6-8 hours. That leaves us 16 to 18 hours remaining. People who work a full-time job give 8.5 hours of that time. So we're down to 10 hours-ish. Figure in the time it takes to get ready for work, and the travel to and from... let's assume that takes around 2 total hours each day, so we're now down to 8 hours.
To be healthy, we're told to exercise at least 30 minutes a day... down to 7.5 now.
Roughly seven and a half hours to do ... "things."
"But I don't have time to [____________]."
We spend our time on what we prioritize in life. If you spend 2 hours sitting in a chair scrolling Facebook, that's what you just prioritized. Did you have other things to do? Probably. But you made the choice to sit and dawdle on your phone instead. Nobody forced you to do that.
We do have to work to live. I'm understanding of those who have to work multiple jobs, to make ends meet, and therefore time is a precious commodity... and how we spend those remaining minutes becomes even more important.
Single parents with multiple children have even less leftover time.
None of us is getting any younger, and we're not guaranteed tomorrow. The seconds keep ticking away. Like the pendulum on the grandfather clock, it's steady, and unending. "And then one day you find ten years have got behind you..."
How do you spend your time?
One day I picked up a camera. And discovered this is pretty awesome.