I’m not entirely sure where this is going.
As I write this, it’s 8:40 on a Friday night. I had a volleyball game tonight, and although we didn’t win, it was really fun and our team showed amazing improvements from the last game we played.
I recently had someone tell me to “enjoy being a teenager because you have free time,” as if it will disappear when I become an adult, melting away like the snow in early spring. (Okay, not the best simile, but we’re having spring weather here and I’m psyched to have weather over forty degrees.)
First of all, I think that high school students are some of the last people you should be saying that to. We have school, then sports practice, then we come home and do homework, which is immediately followed by bed time. Then you repeat, repeat, repeat… So no, it does not leave much free time.
But that is SUCH a victim mindset. Yes, I get homework and play club volleyball and school volleyball. Yes, I have homework. And yes, I have to practice driving and I have to brush my teeth and cook my food and get my lunch ready… the list goes on and on.
Most of those things aren’t a choice. But I DO have the choice to use my time wisely, to make the most of my time… to MAKE the time to relax and do the things I want to do.
But it’s not just high schoolers - it’s people working jobs, getting groceries, cooking, playing with kids… ALL of these people are incredibly busy, and the difference, I believe, between the person who has the time to do the things they want ISN'T their schedule, it’s the way they MAKE their schedule. They aren’t “less busy,” they prioritize and plan and make time for the things they enjoy.
Anyways, my point is, it’s easy to feel busy, overwhelmed, and behind in this hectic world, whether you’re a high school student or you’re forty-three or you’re eighty-one. We never have the time we want.
Do the things you love to do— bake a cake, write, play a sport, hang out with friends, take an hour to read or sleep in. Take care of yourself and help yourself for the future to ensure that you feel like you’re not just going through the motions of life, but ENJOYING it!!
I think it’s important to acknowledge that we’ll never be able to wave a magic wand and then just have more time. It puts things in perspective and makes you realize that you don’t have all the time in the world. But here’s the thing:
You DO get to make the most of every second that you have here on Earth.
Four questions to help you analyse your time usage
Here are four questions to help you analye your use of time. Take some time to think or journal about them today.
Time is one of our most valuable resources, and yet some of the things we spend it on are wasting it. Think about your time as the precious resource it is, not to be taken for granted.
I’m not trying to say that you should never do things like watching TV-- in fact, I really like watching TV. What I wanna say is that sometimes we can spend too much time doing things that aren’t really a good use of our time. Perfecting everything and worrying about things we can’t control go in the same list as over-watching TV.
This week, I challenge you to be mindful of how you’re spending your time. The effort is an investment.