Ever heard the saying, “time is money”? I thought that was just a thing that rich people said until recently.
I am a punctual person. I’d rather be half an hour early to a meeting than 1 minute late and I expect for people to treat me the same but more often than not, this is not the case. As a result, I tend to come off as a rather impatient person.
Recently, after an experience with someone who I thought cared about me wasted my time, I realised that time is something that we think we have an unlimited supply of but in reality, it’s just as precious as its monetary equivalent.
Time is something that, as youth, we do not always take full advantage of simply because we assume that there’s a lot more where it came from. The expression ‘live every day like it is your last’, as cliché as it is, is not a lie. If we knew we were to die tomorrow, would we be doing what it is we are doing now? Are we really living our lives to the fullest? I do not think so. Some are closer than others though.
In last week’s article, I wrote about how I had come to the realisation that I had the power to curate the people that I wanted to bring into my life. I had the power to decide who it is I wanted to spend my time with, and here, I want to write about those I do not want to spend my time with.
I don’t want to spend my time with people who don’t value my time. Do not get me wrong, this is something that I still am unlearning myself but I have come to the realisation that if someone wants to be with you (not just in a romantic way, but in a familiar and friendship setting too), they will put effort into you. They will put time into you and very few things feel as good as someone investing time and good intentions on you. If they want to, they will. I have to keep repeating this to myself over and over again.
I have realised that it has become expensive to invest time in someone that doesn’t do the same for you. It eats away from your growth as a person, and that is painful. This too is something that I am unlearning. It’s different when the situation requires patience but there’s effort being put and there is an overall intention of and implementation of improvement so that at some stage they can be to you what you were to them in their time of need. Just ensure that you can afford it.
Time and money are something that very few people have but they are terms that I have come to realise, can be used interchangeably in certain contexts. Just ensure that you invest enough of them in yourself before you do in other people