The fact is you have no idea how much time you have on this earth, yet you live life like it's endless.
So, is that a bad thing?
More on that in a minute; let's find out what time is and why it is so hard to quantify.
The definition of time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole. The key word is indefinite, defined as lasting for an unknown or unstated length of time.
So your time on this earth lasts for an unknown or unstated length of time, yet time is something you take for granted without even realizing you are doing it.
Think about how often you say, "I'll do that tomorrow," "I'll do that next week," "see you in a few days," or "see you next month." Of course, many more examples of statements like this exist, but you get the point.
We all do it; it's second nature, especially when you are younger, because your life experiences are so limited and, more than likely, you have yet to experience a tragedy or learned how fast time truly goes.
However, things suddenly change when something happens where you or someone you love is given a timeline to live, or you get older and realize time is going faster than ever, and you cannot slow it down.
Your mind starts racing, and you begin to panic about what's next in your life. Then start evaluating your life, asking yourself why you wasted so much time on stuff that you now feel didn't or shouldn't have mattered.
Finally, you get after yourself as if you should have known better. Stop, pause and take a deep breath to relax and gather yourself.
There is no way you could have known that what you were doing at any given moment and time didn't matter; you were doing the best you could with the information you had.
Whenever you go through something, you can always look back and say well, if I had known that, I would have never done that.
You see, to my earlier point, you only had that information after you went through that, so how could you have possibly known it didn't matter?
You couldn't; you were living your life to the best of your ability with the knowledge you had at that point and time. So give yourself some grace; all you can do is what you can do with what you have.
You see, life is lived forward but understood backward.
So you must live life, go through ups and downs, and learn. Life is a constant lesson; no matter where you are in life, you will always be learning. That's the beauty and heartache of life.
I asked earlier if you should live life like you have an endless amount of time, and I believe you should.
You see, life is lived in moments, and the most important moment is the one you are this very minute. So, I think you should do your best to be present in the current moment because it's the only thing that matters.
If you stop to think about it, if you had chosen to go left yesterday instead of right, you will never know what would have happened. It could have taken your life your life in a completely different direction. But you will never know because you didn't take a left; you are on this path, and wondering about the other does not serve you; it only hurts you.
So, please stop wasting your time on the unknown; it will rob you of the present moment.
Now there is a caveat to all this, you should plan for the future by being smart with your actions; I'm not saying you should be caviler about living your life or with your actions toward yourself or others.
If you are familiar with my work, you know I believe we need more kindness in the world today.
However, the reality is that your actions today will shape your future, and the key is to learn to be prepared for whatever the future holds. The odds are in your favor that you will live a long life, so why not make sure it's the best it can be?
This is a reminder to enjoy life, be present at the moment, and don't let the worry of the unknown take away the joy of today.
As always, thank you for the time you took to read this short blog post. I know you cannot get that time back, which means a lot.