It’s amazing what time does to you. One minute you’re on the verge of a breakthrough and in the other, you’re back where you started and then some. You see, time has a way of telling us both lies and truths, a constant myth of what there actually is. It slows. It quickens. Sometimes it seems stops. But it’s always happening and some of us barely notice it.
When I was in middle school, I couldn’t wait for teenage years. The freedom, rebellion, and all the missed opportunities I didn’t even know were always on the surface. It was no different for my teens, desperately craving college and the experience it would bring to my mediocre lifestyle. College pasted by in a blur of alcohol, betrayals, and loneliness slamming me right into the beginning of my 20s wondering how I went from no responsibilities to buying my own toilet paper at 7-Eleven. And at the dawn of my late 20s, part of me reaches out to 30. Will there be happiness there? Peace? Acceptance? Love?
We all have this one-sided promise with time pushing us to continue on the next chapter in hopes of a better life. With time, all things are possible and much better than what they are now, right? But I beg to question, will standing still hoping in the passage of time really make our lives more meaningful? More pleasurable? Worth living?
Unfortunately that answer is no. Yes, it takes time for things to manifest. Losing the weight. Building relationships. Securing financially freedom. But it takes more than time to acquire those things. Being active and eating healthy. Committing to someone else’s happiness. Paying off debt and starting a saving. The essence of action.
For time to work and fulfill that promise of happiness, bliss, or whatever you are seeking, you must combine it with action. Nothing fixes itself without the breakage of a habit or pattern that led you to your current dismay. Not even time.
Sure, 30 may hold a life that I only dream of but without the proper stops, I will still be that middle schooler waiting for the passage of time.
What do you crave in the passage of time?
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