Time is easily the most under appreciated asset in the world. The sheer fact that we cannot replicate, extend, or stop it is, what makes it so valuable. Now having a lot of time won’t make you wealthy, but it does allow you to live anyway you please. We can travel, experience adventure, start businesses, and chase our dreams.
However, we must understand that time is limited in nature and can never be returned. It’s in constant flux and escapes us every breath we take. We must acknowledge that we have a finite number of hours and they are ever so precious.
Now imagine receiving an annual check up and your doctor explains that you only have a week to live. That you’re slowly dying and that you must make the most of the 7 days you have left. What would you do? Where would you go? Who would you see? All of sudden you begin to prioritize what’s truly important and separate the distractions from the things that actually matter.
Now this is a sobering moment paired with a shot of reality, but who’s to say it won’t happen? I would never hope this on anyone, but the truth is we are promised nothing. Zip, zero, zelch. Life is fragile and can be snatched from us in a moments notice. So its of the upmost importance that we take a step back and wonder if everything we’re working towards actually matters? We should regularly take time to reflect on this and reorganize our priorities. Not only for you, but for your friends, family, and loved ones.
We should mentally fast forward and visualize what our older self would think. Would we regret not starting that business? Would we regret not backpacking around Europe? Would we regret not calling our mother, father, sister, brother? These are the questions that truly matter. Now the answers may surprise you, but most likely they won’t. Deep down inside we all know what makes us happy, what makes us tick and what moment we wish we had back.
To be clear, I’m not telling you to drop what you’re doing and book a flight to Ibiza. What I’m saying is that we should we re-evaluate our priorities and not take time for granted. Be grateful for what we have, instead of focusing on what we don’t, stop to smell the roses, and cherish the people that matter most. We must make it a point to live a life we can be proud of and do our best to empower others.
There’s a quote from Seneca that illustrates our lives so clearly, “In the end it is not that we have so little time, but that we have so much to lose.”