If you were asked to list the things that matter most to you in life, what would make your top ten? Money? Family? Friends? Time? Material possessions? Of course, all of these things are important, but without time, nothing on your list would be possible, making time a valuable commodity. The average life expectancy in the United States is 77.6 years. If you do the math, it is only 28,324 days. Even if all of us are fortunate to reach this average – considering how fast a day, week, or even a month passes – this doesn’t seem like much time! Roger Waters of Pink Floyd created a great word picture in the lyrics of the song “Time” where it says, “And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking and racing around to come up behind you again.”
When I was younger, that concept of time didn’t hold much importance to me. Actually, time couldn’t pass by fast enough when I was waiting for the school bell to ring, for Christmas, or for that much anticipated 16th birthday to finally roll around! As I have gotten older, that has changed. On May 6th, I will have my 30th birthday. For some, you might be thinking, I’d give anything to be 30 again. But it seems to me that I’m making large strides towards climbing “over the hill.”
I consider myself blessed to have learned at such a young age how precious time can be. Whether you are focusing on springtime activities, tee times, quality family time, or even the often dreaded tax time; this concept seems to be most evident at this time of year. Spend your days wisely. Don’t get so busy that you lose track of time. Once time is spent, you can never get it back. Be sure to nurture everything that is truly most important.
If I am lucky enough to meet or beat the average life expectancy, I have over 35 more years to continue doing what I enjoy, which includes spending time bringing our community more great editions of Saline County Lifestyles. Your town. Your life. Your magazine.