I’m gonna start with a basic quote you’ve probably heard or read a million times, “Life is short”. Not original I admit it! I’ve never put too much thought into it and always reacted like “yeah, of course, I’d rather travel the world and do everything I want than working or other things”.
Recently, something clicked in my head. I actually thought about it a bit more… in a way it’s true, life is short. I’m going to be 30 years old in November. So far I had a pretty good life, I won’t complain about anything and consider myself lucky. I’m happy to be where I am now. But I thought, am I enjoying my life as I should? Or could I do more, see more, travel more, meet more, etc? If yes, how, when?
Well, to answer that, I decided to take a look at the 30 years I already lived and did some math:
- I sleep on average 7h per night that’s 8 years and 9 month.
- I went to school for 21 years in France, 7h per day in average that makes it 2 years and 5 months.
- I’ve been working for 6 years in France, an average of 9h per day + 1h of transport that’s 1 year and 8 months.
- The first 3 years of my life, I can’t say I really remember it…
If we add it up, we get 15 years and 10 months. That’s more than HALF of my life! Saying I’ve spent that time doing un-interesting things would be wrong. I had fun at school (a lot), I decided to study, I love my job… but still, that’s a lot when you put things into perspective.
It made me realize we actually don’t have that much time to do what we really want to do. Then I thought, what do I do in my spare time then, do I make the most of it? Probably not. Like most people, I’m consumed by the society we live in. I spend way too much time behind a screen (computer, tablet, phone, tv, whichever).
Reading stupid articles, watching stupid videos on YouTube (how many times have I’ve seen Gangnam Style video clip when it went out!!). I also watch a lot of movies, TV shows or sport; I worry or care about pointless things… well, I spend plenty of time not doing anything valuable, productive, enriching or fun. I’m not even speaking about social networks, games etc (how many times do we check our phone for no reason, I mean it rings when anything happens, but still, we have to check!? And how many times do we refresh social networks’ homepage not to miss anything!)?. For the couples, how much time do you spend with your partner, sat next to each other, but not speaking… just looking at your phones?
There are plenty of reasons why we spend so much time wasting our time… Well at least we found plenty of them, but in reality let’s face it, it’s bullshit: “it’s cold outside”, “it’s hot”, “we don’t have money”, “we need to save money”, “we’ll see tomorrow”, “I can’t be bothered”, blah blah blah. There is a really interesting and SO TRUE article about that on the blog Waitbutwhy – Why Procrastinators Procrastinate (really good blog, I “waste” plenty of time on it!). Do you recognize yourself somewhere in these lines? I’m sure some people will.
It took me a while to realize it. Now I am willing to change things in my life to stop wasting my time, do more things I want to do and enjoy, with people I want to be with, and which will bring me happiness, joy, and fun! Did I suddenly get rich or something? Not at all, just realized all these reasons were just excuses and the only actual thing preventing me to do everything I want… it’s me! I’ll go further into the subject later in another post.
I’ll finish with another quote from Regina Brett’s: “No one is in charge of your happiness except you.”
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