People talk about “making” time. I used to say it myself. But when you think about it… you can’t “make” time. Otherwise, every student in school would find a way to “make” more time to delay a test or a due date or something, and every mother would figure out how to “make” more time to delay their kids from growing up.
But we can “take” the time….for ourselves, for our family, for our friends and for our community.
- We can take the time to spend with our grandparents (whether they remember it or not.)
- We can take the time to do lunch with a friend.
- We can take the time to read to our kids.
- We can take the time to learn a new skill or hobby.
- We can take the time to volunteer.
- We can take the time to enjoy a picnic with family.
- We can take the time to exercise.
- We can take the time to escape to a movie.
- We can take the time to go on a weekend vacation with family.
- We can take the time to listen… just listen.
But it’s up to you/me/us, to prioritize our activities and take the time to do what we know we should be doing but don’t.
I’ve known for a few years now how important it is not to take life for granted. But it’s just recently that I’ve learned how important it is to “take” the time to do what’s important to you/me and my family.
- We take plenty of time to work.
- We take lots of time worrying about the “what ifs” and the “maybes”.
- We take time rushing around, running around, trying to do more and more.
- … And we spend way too much time stressing about things we can’t control.
Everyone complains about not having enough time. It’s not about having “enough time”. It’s about making the most of the time you’re given. We don’t know exactly how much time that is. Some have more than others. We just don’t know. I think that’s why we all choose to complain about the “alleged time we don’t have”. So, if you choose not to take some time for yourself or your family, then you damn well better embrace what it is you are spending your time on, and don’t complain about it. While the time might be rough, it’s still your time and you’re the only one that can spend it.
- Yes, you have work and deadlines.
- Yes, you have to go to school and you have to take tests.
- Yes, your kids have soccer practice and gymnastics.
- Yes, you have responsibilities. You can’t ignore them and you can’t make them go away or vanish.
I’m incredibly fortunate and blessed to have the life I have, and that I can take time this year to do what I want and feel are the right things to do. Life hasn’t been easy but then again, it hasn’t been all that hard compared to others. I try to put what goes on in my life into perspective to what other people in different areas are having to deal with, and I know that I’m super lucky. I have a great family and am surrounded by wonderful friends. I try to say “Thank You” and “I Love You” and give hugs as often as I can because 1) I want those around me to know I care about them and appreciate them, and 2) I’ve learned the hard way that you might not get the chance if you wait for “later” or “next time.”
But it’s up to you/me/us to stop b*tching about “not having time”, and Take the Time to do something fun, something meaningful, something that gives back. So, when you take the time to do something fun with your family and friends, embrace those moments and enjoy the memories. Because while it would be nice to Take All The Time in the world to have fun and play, it’s just not realistic. But every now and then (as much as you can afford) …. Take the Time to Make Moments into Memories.