As we all know we have our own particular struggles. For me I've pretty much broken my down into two categories. You have your personal struggles, and then your professional struggles. For me the one struggle that both categories have in common is time. The clock is constantly moving. Time doesn't pause. Time doesn't slow down. Time is impartial. It doesn't matter who or what you are, time will continue to move the same way every second, minute, hour, and day. There is no manipulating time. (not speaking of all that space time continuum stuff.) If an earth shattering meteor hit earth tomorrow, the only thing that would be left is time. There is only wasting time or taking advantage of time.
In both my personal life and professional life, I feel that there is a constant race against time. Which when you think of it, you can't beat time you can only exist in it. But in my personal life, I'm thirty-two years old and I want another kid. At about thirty-five my eggs may start to scramble. I feel like I'm in this hurry to position myself to be found by a man and be the woman of his dreams so I can go forth and procreate. In my professional life, again I find myself at thirty-two years old, and only in the beginning stages of everything. Finally, writing my first novel, finally putting my plays on, finally starting my business. And some days I actually feel like maybe I started chasing my dreams too late. When I think about the time spent just trying to figure out how to do something I've never done before, with no mentor, no guidance, some days that seems to be enough to throw in the towel. Everyday I spend trying to accomplishing something and it falling short, or it not happening, or it getting pushed back, just adds to my anxiety inflicted by this obsession I have to that I am running out of time.
It wasn't until I heard the story of television host Nina Parker, that I realized, that time really isn't your enemy. It's all about how you operate in it. She was working a regular nine to five job. In her late twenties, she realized this wasn't what she wanted to do and went after her dreams. The thing that I realized about my time is as long as you are alive you have the power to make your time work for you. Everyday we wake up is another day we get to change our situation and rectify any bad decisions. Often, we blame time for what we don't have or what we can't do. But time makes no decisions. Time knows no names, time just does what it's supposed to, keep time.
There is an advantage however, because time is unchanging. If time remains the same, that means we can figure out how to optimize the time we do have. It's us who have the power to make our time worth it. My time is valuable and I have become very particular about what I allow my time to be spent on. If you are not giving vibes of positivity, love, encouragement, and productivity, you can't have my time. I have other things to do with my time, like be a mother, a writer and a goal getter. I don't have time spend on anything that would trap me in stagnation or cause me to reverse my hard earned steps forward. We can all agree that wasted time can't be made up. I have wasted enough of my lifetime on things that don't advance me. No longer will I allow that to happen.
To sum it all up, time is nor our foe or our friend. But it is precious. No matter what, the time we exist in has 24 hours in a day. How will you choose to spend it?
I leave you with this quote: Your time is the most expensive gift you have. Use it to create your present story. - Roxana Jones