If you’re like me, your life runs on a schedule. Day by day, hour by hour, I love having a set routine for everything I do. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely have times when I’m flexible and spontaneous, but more often than not, I prefer to know what’s coming up next.
Something that I often struggle with is racing the clock — or at least feeling like I’m racing the clock. I’m not sure why, but part of me wonders if it’s because I’m very driven by checking things off my to-do list. I love the feeling of being productive and efficient, especially when there’s an award waiting for me afterward.
As humans, we live according to time. But as we all know, time is just a construct within our own minds. At the end of the day, those numbers are ultimately meaningless, yet they govern our everyday lives. It makes me question my motivation: would I be as driven if I simply had tasks to do, but no official deadlines? Obviously, we need deadlines to stay on track, but how do we reclaim the power time has in our lives without losing out on our own potential for productivity?
There is no clear answer to this, but it does inspire me to be more present. More now than ever, there are distractions everywhere we go. Social media notifications. Constant TV commercials. New gadgets dropping before we even figure out how to use the last ones. It’s a blessing and a curse. We’re constantly progressing while also simultaneously diminishing the value of simplicity.
You hear it all the time — older generations know how to appreciate every moment, while we younger generations can barely stand two seconds before we pull out our smartphone and snap a picture for our Instagram Story. When — and why — did we become so superficial?
This leads us to an alarmingly pressing predicament: follow the status quo or make the conscious decision to break the mold and start a new story, a fresh chapter. Easier said than done, but if you’re like me, seeing the world as it is now compared to what it was even just 10 years ago is pretty scary. And I for one do not want to become a zombie robot mindlessly following everything the media, corporations and government tells me to do. I want to have my own footprint. My own impact on society.
So, how might you reclaim your power and live your life according to your own terms? To start, recognize the culture we live in today and how it affects your day-to-day life. Find the things you do on a daily basis that are directly influenced by external forces. Examine yourself inside and out to figure out what exactly you love. Can’t live without. Would do anything for. Then, act on those passions. Step outside of your comfort zone. Dare to be different. Time may be passing us by, but we ultimately decide how we will use that time.
You either submit to what the world believes you should be doing, or you take the chance to go the other direction. Turn the tide. Challenge everything you’ve ever believed in because at the end of the day: this is your life. Every minute is an opportunity to do something differently. Live with purpose. Life isn’t slowing down anytime soon, so what better time to start than today?