June 24, 2016

Many people believe that money is the most valuable resource. I believe otherwise. For me, at least, the most valuable resource is time. We spend both on a daily basis, but the defining factor is that money can almost always be earned back while time is non-renewable. Once the time passes, it is gone forever.

The reality is simple, if you waste my time, don’t expect me to hang out with you in the future. Any second not spent with people or activities I care about feels like time stolen from me with no chance of return. I make a conscious effort to be punctual and follow through on the commitments that I make, out of respect for your time. I expect the same respect in return.

I realize that my way of thinking may seem drastic to some. How can we possibly live our lives without wasting any time? That’s by no means what I’m proposing. Rather, simply be mindful of who and what you spend your time with, and don’t be afraid to change it if it doesn’t make you happy.

I accept that every moment can’t be lived fully and every second can’t be savored. We waste time waiting in line at the grocery store. We sit in traffic. And, yes, we sometimes endure people and activities that don’t interest us because it is the polite or compassionate thing to do. Things like these are inevitable. As with most things in life, time isn’t an either-or proposition, but rather a matter of degree. If I can say that I have spent most of my time wisely, I figure I’m winning in this game called life.

As my time is no more special than yours, I encourage you to make the most of your time as well. Make deliberate choices on how you spend your time. Cherish your time as if it was the last food on Earth. Protect it and be frugal with it, and share it with those dearest to you.