It’s been 141 days since my last blog post. And, it’s safe to say I’ve met at least 141 Strangers to Friends since that day, too! So… why haven’t I written about them? The girl that blows bubbles. The guy that I met on a mountain. The small world connections. The silver linings. It’s not lack of inspiration. It’s not a loss of words. And it’s for sure not some lame excuse that I don’t have a story to write about…
My realization: it’s my of lack focus, my lack of creative motivation… which stems from: my lack of prioritized time.
I’ve tried setting dates. Thanksgiving: the day I’d write about how thankful I am for all the people I’ve met; New Years: what better excuse to commit to something. Despite the fact I’m Jewish, I even leaped on the Lent train to give up procrastination. So much for that!
Whether it’s long hours at the office, errands we must run or events to attend: there’s always an excuse not to start something.
You know it, I know it, we are all guilty of it.
Today is March 8, 2013. Nothing special. Just a Saturday. I live in Denver, CO. It is snowing. So, I decided it’s time to write.
How many times have you said to yourself, “Today is the day that I am going to start______ ” (fill in the blank).
The friend you intend to call. The instruments you promise to practice. Dinners you wish you could share. Trips you wanted to take. Finish reading the book. Fix your bike. Learn a language. No matter the commitment, it takes closing to make the time.
Time and I have a love/hate relationship. Some days I can’t get enough of an unplanned day inviting me from one adventure to another! Other days I can’t find enough hours to get my basic To-Do list complete. Then there’s a day like today, where I thank Time for offering me the choice of what I want to do with it. But… did Time give this gift to me or did I give this gift to myself?
Time is not only valuable, it’s tangible, too. Though we can’t touch it, we can measure it. The guy who came in 4th place in the 100 meter dash. The kid who missed the bus to school. The baby born on Dec 31 at 11:59. It only takes a second gained or lost to change a life.
At 2 am tomorrow morning, we Spring Forward! Personally, I’ve been counting down the days! Words can’t express how excited I am for sunshine on my drive home from work. However, I wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t say that we are technically “loosing” an hour of our precious time. Just like that– time is taken away from us. See… time really is something we don’t know we have until it is gone.
I read a quote the other day that made me think: “You are younger today than you ever will be again. Make use of it for the sake of tomorrow.” Right this very second, YOU are the youngest you will ever be! You know what that means, there is no time like now to start something new. Even if this “something new” feels like a worn out promise to yourself. I’ve said over and over that I would write a blog post– but with so many stories I’ve written in my mind since 10/19/2012, I didn’t know where to begin. I’ve been spending so much time worrying about what to write about rather than simply sitting down and writing. Today, I gave myself the gift of time. An hour. To write what you are reading now.
I hope this blog serves as a reminder that TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE- it is simply what we choose to do with it. I could not have planned “oh at 4:30 on Saturday, March 8, 2013 I will finally write my next piece”. Nope, no way. I simply choose to spend a little quality time with Time today. I hope you can find the time to start doing whatever you keep putting off today, too.
SPRING FORWARD, FRIENDS!