Time Always Wins

“100 years from now you will be dead. I will be too. We will have joined those people who were our same age in 1915, 1815, 1715 or any other century before us. All of those people are dead now, and the vast majority of them are also forgotten. It is only the ones who dared to do something great who still have a legacy today.”

The way in which one views time says a lot about their personal philosophy. One of the first things we discover as children is that time runs out. I’m sure you can recall attending your first funeral. It’s a strange experience to internalize as a kid that people eventually die. Then, as you continue to age and grow, more and more people seem to leave. Eventually, you are forced to look at your own mortality and come to terms with the fact that you too will someday die.

Life in today’s world is far from slow. The technology we now possess has changed the way we live. It’s a fast-paced environment now, and everyone seems to be rushing to get somewhere. With all of the noise and distractions going on, it can be easy to lose sight of the concept of time.

I’m sure you can remember certain moments from your childhood. No matter what age you are now, part of you views those memories as happening only yesterday. Time passed by that quick. You blinked, and ten years went by. You took a quick nap, and now you’re half a century old! Life changed, and you changed with it, without even really realizing.

Time Always Wins

Time Always Wins

I suppose it’s worth mentioning that time is a man-made creation. “Time,” in and of itself, is nothing more than a manufactured system used to regulate the happenings and events of daily life. Without it, it would be impossible for people to plan anything or efficiently interact with each other. Time allows us to remember certain things, to attach perspective to memories and experiences that would otherwise blur and fade.

100 years from now you will be dead. I will be too. We will have joined those people who were our same age in 1915, 1815, 1715 or any other century before us. All of those people are dead now, and the vast majority of them are also forgotten. It is only the ones who dared to do something great who still have a legacy today.

So what is my point with all this? My point is that time always wins. Time ALWAYS wins. You can stretch out your days by a number of means, but one day you’re still going to die. Here today, gone tomorrow. That’s the experience of every human being, and it’ll be the experience of you and me as well.

That being true, we would all be wise to cherish our time a little more. We would be wise to treat it with a little more respect, and use it a little more productively. I have wasted a great deal of time in my life doing things that aren’t that important. I’m sure you have as well. Sometimes it helps to step away for a moment and really look at things for what they are.

Many of us live our whole lives in fear and regret. We lament over past experiences and shy away from present risks. We balk at a better future out of lack of respect for time. I’m not here to tell you what your life should mean to you. I’m not here to tell you what your legacy should be. The whole purpose of me writing this is to get you thinking about something important. It’s to get you thinking about time.

Your hourglass is already losing sand. It started doing so the moment you were born. None of us know how many grains are in our glass, but we do know that all of them will eventually pass through. The only question that remains is this: What will we do with the sand that has been given us?

Some people build castles with that sand; others stick their head in it. What you do with yours is entirely up to you.

I hope this short writing got you thinking about time. I hope it got you thinking about how you’ll spend your days. Remember, it’s never too late to make a new decision. It’s never too late to live a better life.

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