“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
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Time’s Running Out!
Well, this is a bit meta. The idea is about how we perceive time. A friend said something amazing today when I told him about how the past few days have been really hectic and how I haven’t caught a breath or a good night’s sleep lately. He just asked, “what if you die tomorrow?”
Of course, that’s a bit cliche but what happened after is the amazing bit. He immediately rerouted the question to, “but most people don’t, at least they hope they won’t, and then, it will be worth it, and that’s why we do what we do.” There is nothing more beautiful than a person wrestling with two seemingly opposing views in front of you. It shows how nothing is as black and white and as easy to understand as we think it is. Pithy statements look good on tweets, but life is much more complex.
So, the fact that we’re all usually caught up in a race against the clock, working on things we may or may not enjoy all the time, meeting expectations and deadlines that may or may not be important to us begs the largest question of all: what do we do it for?
There are, of course, many answers. Camus says we do it because there’s nothing else to do and that it makes life worth living. I believe the answer will differ between people, and it may even differ if you ask different people on different days. Today, for me, hope is a good answer as any. I do what I do in the hope that I can create some sort of positive impact somewhere. I go the extra mile in most things because I sincerely believe there is no other way.
I believe time is running out anyway. It’s up to us to make it worth something or let it pass us by.
What’s On My Mind?
Most of us have a sincere tendency to underestimate ourselves. We plan for things in years but think about our lives in days. If you look back, honestly and without a self-deprecating bias, you’ll see, you’ve actually achieved/done most of what you wanted to do. If nothing else, you will find some sort of growth in there.
I hope this added some value to your week. Stay safe, stay inspired, and I’ll talk to you next week.
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