By Sabrina Roblin
Time is a non-renewable resource. Once we spend it, it’s gone. We can’t get it back, we can’t grow more, and as we move along the continuum of life, we have less and less, which makes it one of the most precious resources we have. It’s something we don’t like to talk about or think about, but we all have an expiration date. It could be tomorrow and it could be 50 years from now, we just don’t know. For those of us in mid-life or later, we have less time in front of us than we do behind us. It can be useful to wrap our minds around it in service of inspiring us to set our priorities about how we want to live, work, play and contribute in the years we have left.
Here’s an exercise that will make this more real. Pull out a measuring tape. Just for the sake of the exercise, give yourself an age you think will be your final year of life. Let’s estimate it’s 85. Now using the beginning of the tape as representing when you were born, find where 85 inches is on the measuring tape, then find the number of the age you are now. Let’s say it’s 60. Now compare the distance on the tape between 0 and 60 vs. the distance between 60 and 85. The distance is shorter ahead.
If you’re reading this, you most likely have the gift of resources and freedom to make choices in how you live your life. Given that your time is finite and limited, how do you want to spend it? Who do you want to spend it with? How do you want to be remembered? Are there relationships to mend? Are there new ones you want to bring into your life? What are the adventures you want to take? Is there a book you want to write, a program you want to create, or a non-profit you want to volunteer for? What do you enjoy? Whatever it is, the time is now. Don’t take what life you have left for granted. Use your time in ways that are fulfilling and leave a lasting legacy.
Spend your time well, it’s non-renewable!
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