time: a burden or a tool?

Time is a concept created by humankind. Seconds are determined by words and hours are created by mechanical arms. Rather than letting this made up concept control us, let’s control it. Life is short, and time is moving faster and faster, hurdling us into an unsure future at a faster pace than ever before. It could be argued that time controls our lives, appointments, classes, meetings, and so on, all determined by the numbers on the wall. However, the urgent stress of wanting to make something with your life before it is too late can be cured. We have control over our use of time and so let’s do something great with it. It is easy to procrastinate and moan your way through life, complaining about the lack of time to accomplish the tasks at hand. However, it is much more fulfilling to take control over our seconds, minutes, and hours. Think about the time that you spend in a day doing nothing. Think of things that you could do with those minutes.


I try to wake up every day and mentally take control of my life. Whilst upholding the ‘I can only do my best mentality’, I try to do all I can to better myself, and help others. If, by the end of the day, I feel as though I have successfully used my time to do that, I feel full. Even busy days that seem long and impossible, with far too little time and far too many tasks, can be taken control of and genuinely enjoyed.

We are all so blessed to even have hours in a day to make use of in the first place. Life is such a beautiful blessing. Let’s love the time we have. Let’s fill as much of it as we can doing things we love and being with people that we love: fill it with sunshine. And let’s also love the time that is taken up with unenjoyable, mundanities of life. Let’s smile at the painting on the hospital wall while we sit in the all too stuffy waiting room. Let’s laugh at the bratty coworker and the car that won’t start and the bad roads and choose to enjoy the unenjoyable simply because it is beyond our control.

My favorite movie of all time (that I’ve probably already written about) is called About Time. Tim, a quirky 21 year old just taking on the world, discovers that he can travel back in time to events in his life and change the outcome of them. He begins by using his abilities to fall in love, and then the movie proceeds to follow him through the hardships and excitements of new love, marriage, and eventually a family. During the main character’s concluding monologue, he comments:

And in the end, I think I’ve learned my final lesson from my travels in time. And I’ve even gone one step further than my father did. The truth is, I now don’t travel back at all. Not even for the day. I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day to enjoy it as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life. We’re all travelling through time together every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride.

I would thoroughly encourage each of you to watch this movie. It is inspirational beyond compare (and a cute love story, if that happens to spark your interest as well).

Let’s all do our best to relish this remarkable ride, and take control of our time, rather than allowing it to conduct our life and decide our happiness for us.

Thanks for reading.