We have a popular saying which goes something like, “Time is Money”, but is that true? Is time equal money? Just think about it; you can covert time into money by working, sure, but can you convert money into time? Can you, say, buy an additional second onto your life with your hard-earned cash?
Not exactly, so I propose another way of looking at time. Time is not just money; time is life itself. Yup. Your time ends when your life ends. Your life is spent when you use your time.
As Annie Dillard said (in her book, The Writing Life), “How you spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
When you spend the afternoon soaking the sun in your backyard with a dog lying lazily nearby, that’s an afternoon of life gone.
When you use the whole night tossing and turning thinking of an ex with whom you are certain you can never get back together, that’s a night of your life gone.
I think to a certain level, we all are aware that how we spend our time is indeed how we spend our lives. We tend to think of life as something far away, maybe at some distant time in the future when what we do will have a more significant impact on our overall lives. It’s easy to get carried away by the minute details of life that you forget every morsel of the day counts, that when you take your last breadth, this exact moment with all the other seemingly insignificant moments will add up to the big picture of what your life really is.
So, what’s the point? Well, the point is, for me at least, that we should put more weight on how we spend our seconds. Before committing ourselves to any arrangement, social gatherings, projects or work, we need to see it as a part of our lives that we will never get back. We all have a limited time to spend on earth, so each breathe, each activity should count to make that experience as happy as possible. I guess, in a sense, this shows us that it’s okay. It’s okay to not pressure ourselves to take part in a gathering, or commit to a project we are indifferent to because damn! Even if it’s just for an evening, that’s a part of our life all the same.