Wasting time (Bertrand Russell), the coins of your life (Carl Sandburg), and it will not delay (Benjamin Franklin).
“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.“
— Bertrand Russell, British Philosopher and Logician
What people call “wasting time“ isn’t necessarily a bad thing, if you do it in the right way. You can “waste time“ by
Going for a relaxing walk without a particular destination in mind
Chatting about random topics with your best friend
Sitting on the sofa slowly enjoying a cup of tea
You don’t always have to be productive to make good use of your time. As long as you’re happy with life you do you!
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
— Carl Sandburg, American Poet and Biographer
Think of all the time you have left to live as a bag of a limited number of life coins. With each bit of time that passes by, you spend a coin. When you give in to social pressures, following the crowd rather than your own heart, it’s like letting other people spend your limited number of life coins. It leads to an unfulfilling and ultimately broken life.
You must be deliberate in how you spend your life coins. Spend them on things that make you happy, not on someone else’s favourite toys or experiences. That way, you’ll be satisfied with your purchases and consider it coins (time) well spent!
“You may delay, but time will not.”
― Benjamin Franklin, American Polymath
You can postpone important things like work, obligations, and life experiences. Even if people hassle you for it, you can always just ignore them. But regardless, time will not wait. It doesn’t care if you postpone things; your life clock will just keep on ticking.
So I, and Benjamin Franklin, encourage you to do what you need to do, and what you want to do, now. Right now. Work, play, and everything in between. You never know how much time you have left so now is the best time to do as much as you can.
Remember: you’ll rarely regret what you did in life, but you’ll almost always regret what you didn’t do.
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