This past weekend I had a very long conversation with a friend of mine. We talked about the concept of time and how we as young people don’t think we have enough of it. We keep thinking we had to do everything yesterday in order to make our youth count, to make sure we make the most of what we have. But then she said this one thing that alleviated the biggest weight off of me.
She told me, “you have enough time to do everything you want in this life so don’t worry about that.”
When you think about it, that’s probably the simplest phrase she could have told me. It’s basically saying everything I just said in that first paragraph. But for some reason when she said it to me, everything kind of clicked. The past year or so I’ve constantly felt this nagging in the back of my mind telling me to move faster, make decisions, start setting things into motion. But I now realize I don’t have to do that every second of every day – I don’t have to make it a source of stress for myself.
Sure you have to make decisions in order to start to figuring out what you want to do with your life, but that doesn’t have to dictate every waking moment of your day. Sometimes it’s okay to live in the present and enjoy right now – in fact it’s encouraged.
We all have enough time. I have enough time to decide what I want to make out of my life, to make sure my voice is heard and to decide which vessel I choose to make that happen. There is no need to stress my youth away by worrying about it so much. Besides, all that stress is bound to cause the early onset of wrinkles and gray hairs anyways.