2018-06-13 / Opinion

IN MY OPINION

Time is precious
BY KRISTYN FRANZEL
Sandusky grad, SC4 student

Let’s imagine you magically receive 1,440 dollars every single day. Wouldn’t that be nice? However, there is a catch, you must spend that 1,440 dollars every day. How would you spend it, on necessities, personal wants, or absolutely nothing? I am almost positive you would want to make the maximum use of your money.

Now, what if you found out there are exactly 1,440 minutes in one day. Would you spend those minutes on necessities, personal wants, or nothing? Why is it that we want to make the absolute most out of our money, but we do not necessarily use our time to the greatest? Especially since you can always make more money, but you can never reacquire time. When a minute passes, that minute is gone forever. You can never get it back. All you have is the memory of it. At this exact moment, we have the greatest amount of time left in our lives. It is very hard to put a value on something like time, but we can all agree that it is very important. How we spend it is entirely up to us and it shapes us into the people that we are. We are most successful when we are making the absolute best use of every second. How are you, as an individual, making the most of it?

With the fast-paced society that we live in, it is very possible we all have found ourselves just going through the motions to get by with everyday life at one point or another. While we are almost always in a rush to accomplish whatever it is that we are doing, we should approach every minute with a driven purpose. We need to take the time to cherish the moment and understand why we are doing what we are doing. We live in a society where we feel pressured to maximize outputs in minimum amounts of time, but sometimes it is okay to slow down and enjoy the process of life. We should always make time for the things that are most important to us, whether it is pertaining to work, family, fun, or something else. Unfortunately, we do not always set aside enough time to do this. Having the ability to be connected through phones and social media has affected how some of us spend our time, and it is starting to take up a massive amount of it. It is incredible how long people are actually spending scrolling through their news feed.

Instead of getting home from work and going straight to your phone or your television, take a few minutes to yourself to clear your mind and disconnect for a bit. Have a nice conversation with your family. On a warm summer day, go outside and enjoy what our county has to offer. At the end of everything, you always hear people saying, “Oh, I wish I had five more minutes to do this or that.” You almost never hear anybody complain about how much extra time they have on their hands. Do not be one of those people who regret taking advantage of their time. We each have our own personal battles with time management, and we cannot do everything, so where we set our priorities is very important. Everyone’s time on Earth is limited. Make time for those you love. Make memories with your time. Make the most of your time.

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