Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock! Goes the damn clock! It’s amazing how fast the year is already zooming by. Like most people I feel like time is quickly getting away from me and imagine the alarm is going ready to go off any minute now. I can’t get over the fact that we are nearly mid-April; it feels like we just ushered in the year.
Since becoming a parent I have quickly discovered that I no longer “technically” have 24 hours in my day as a majority of my time is now dedicated to my son, as it should be. It just seems like there’s so much to attend to leaving me with very little time for myself and to dedicate to some of my pursuits. I am guilty of at times putting things on the back burner with the hope of revisiting them at a later time only to have other things “come up” and “steal” my time.
I will be the first to admit that although I am a great time manager I don’t always utilize my time wisely and sometimes allow myself to get distracted by things that don’t add any value to my life or take up time that could have been better directed towards more important things. In spite of some of my poor choices, it never ceases to amaze me that time continues to lapse and doesn’t stop for even a second to allow me to catch up or make up for what I believe to have lost. Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock!
A majority of us spend more than a 1/3 of our day at work and commuting to and from work, another 1/3 sleeping and the remaining hours running errands, catching up with friends, spending time with family, preparing meals, attending to household obligations, prepping for the following day and so on. Although we are constantly in motion and in the act of doing, few of us ever devote enough time to doing the things we need to do for ourselves and that would most benefit us.
We have become so accustomed to operating on autopilot and following our day to day routines that we sometimes struggle with knowing what to do with ourselves when our time frees up and as a result end up not really making the most of it or doing anything productive at all. Do you ever find yourself needing a vacation after having just returned from vacation or completely exhausted after an extended weekend? It seems like we our bodies don’t know how to rest although rest is what we require to recharge our batteries and rejuvenate.
Do you often find yourself constantly needing to do something or feel guilty when you find yourself with “extra” time on your hands? The fast pace in which life and the world operates on indirectly contributes to our go-go mentality that is sometimes responsible for our inability to slow down and attend to our well-being or dedicate time to activities that promote self-care or that allow us to explore our interests and exploit our talents.
Hobbies, talent-related interests and extra-curricular activities are sometimes frowned upon and viewed as tremendous time wasters despite the fact that they allow us to get in touch with our creative sides and express ourselves, offer us downtime and at times stress relief while promoting self-fulfillment and actualization. We have absolutely no problem dedicating ourselves to our jobs although we often don’t even enjoy them but struggle with making time for things that fulfill us, promote & nurture our well-being or allow us to discover our abilities.
Life can become overwhelming and escape from us if we aren’t careful and don’t take the time to discover our purpose and pursue the things that align with it. As long as we are consumed with just getting through each day and the drudgery it brings with it, we will come up short when it’s all said and done and discover that we gave our most valuable commodity; time to things that really didn’t fulfill us while overlooking those that might have made the most difference in our lives.
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock! Goes the damn clock!