What Does Time Mean to You?

What Does Time Mean to You?

Time wastes our bodies and our wits, but we waste time, so we are quits. ~Unknown

76.4

That is the life expectancy for men in the United States. 

We are living longer than ever, but what are we actually doing with those years?

How long will time last? Will we live into our old years? Will some unforeseen travesty cut us down in our prime?

These are the questions I constantly ask myself. There are no definitive answers.

That is what makes time the most frightening aspect of our existance.

January 2010.

I was flipping through the channels when I came upon a new Starz show; Spartacus: Blood and Sand. After a few episodes, I was hooked. Every episode was a back and forth between sex scenes involving gorgeous women and shocking violence in the arena. It was heaven.

During these ancient times, gladiators were often slaves; men captured in battles against the Roman Empire, forced to fight to the death in front of hundreds of spectators cheering for blood and gore. These men fought and died in their physical prime; most embodying the true characteristics of masculinity. Death was often welcomed as it meant eternal honor.

Andy Whitfield as SpartacusAs I watched the show, I was impressed by the actor playing Spartacus, a Welsh man named Andy Whitfield. He was in incredible physical condition, to be expected as the legend of Spartacus was that of a blood thirsty, stone cold warrior. Cut and lean, Whitfield had the body that most men yearn for. He played the role brilliantly.

In March 2010, shortly after season 1 concluded, Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

18 months later, he was dead. He was 39 years old.

I still think of Whitfield from time to time. Here was a man EXTREMELY young by modern standards. He was in the top 1-2% physically before finding out he had cancer. And just like that, he was gone before 40.

Time can be short. Time is most certainly cruel.

Be Afraid

Time scares me.

If I think about time for too long, I get rattled. If I am being lazy and literally “wasting time,” I find myself distraught and ashamed. I have stopped watching television, aside from some sports and a few TV shows. I haven’t played video games for years. I cut way back on alcohol, and staying out late into the night, neglecting my sleep. If I’m not careful, my mind will drift to negative thoughts…

What if something happens to me, cutting my life short? What if I only have 5, 10 , 15 years left?!

I am in my physical prime. When I reflect on this period of my life, I want to answer the tough questions with no regrets.

  • Did you live life to the fullest?
  • Did you experience different places, cultures, ideas?
  • Did you force yourself to fail? Did you learn from it? Did you give up?
  • Did you do things your way, or did you live someone else’s dream, and become someone who you weren’t?

Pristine health, limited responsibilities, zero limitations. That is my current reality. Yet I am fully aware that all of this will change for the worse and gradually diminish as I age. My body will deteriorate, my mind will slow, my responsibilities grow, and my time left – forever depleted. The time is now to maximize myself and utilize the time I have have been granted.

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” –Harvey MacKay

We don’t know how much time we have before we will die. Sure, the average male lives to be over 76 years old. Yet, a full life is not guaranteed. Everyone is operating on a different clock. Some of us will die young – due to disease, accident, attack, etc. Some will far outlive the average life span. Most will fall somewhere in the middle.

Time doesn’t care about your feelings, your wants, your desires. Time is ruthless. It will stalk you, and blindside you when you least expect it. Time does not care about your wealth or your status.

When it comes to time, we are all equals, fighting a losing battle against an imprecise, unpredictable enemy.

Stop Wasting TimeOnly one thing is certain – the end will come. We are unsure when that end will actually be. Thus we must make sure we do not squander it.

Yet this is exactly what most people do.

Stop Destroying Yourself

Time is life’s most valuable resource, yet it is pissed away so easily by the masses. Because we have so much time, especially in relation to other species, we allow ourselves to waste months, years, decades – usually our most crucial and healthy years.

Most of us are like actors in a bad movie; a cog in the wheel for some behemoth corporation, a lackey to an exacting women, a slave to consumerism and the Mr. Nice Guy narrative shoved down our throats. Because of this, a vast majority of individuals will live a forgettable life that fails to make a meaningful impact.

These people rarely “stir the pot,” take decisive action, or risk comfort and security. Even the stench of dullness and boredom cannot spark a change.  

Boldness is an afterthought.

Inaction is the preferred action; traveling on the road to nowhere.

Most, once gone, are forgotten forever. It’s self-genocide.

Get Your Mind Right

Almost everyone under-utilizes their mind and body. Our ancestors would laugh at the lazy, wasteful lives we have created for ourselves. It’s scary how much more we would accomplish with the proper mindset and attitude.

I am 29 years old and am beyond grateful to have realized the importance of time when I did. I remain fearful of the pitfalls and daily temptations to waste it away. It’s a constant battle to not give in to the urge to be lazy and wasteful. What do I do instead?

I fill my free time with self-enhancing activities – tasks that improve myself. I spend the majority of my time doing three things – writing, reading and physical activity. A sound mind and body are the two most vital aspects of fulfilling maximum happiness, the goal of my life.

I made a promise to myself that I would never become lazy, never piss time away like so many of those around me. So far, so good.

Enhanced Motivation

I recently came across a YouTube channel called MotivationGrid, which puts out a well-done motivational video every month. I have embedded two videos below which discuss the concept of time and how it is a travesty that we are so wasteful with it.

Watch these videos. Listen Carefully. Think Deeply.

They hit me like a brick to the head, and I hope they will have the same positive impact on you and your personal development. 

“It’s later in life, as you look back on your life, the window of opportunity has closed. Your ability is no longer present. And you think back that you could have been great.”

“You can’t buy time, you can’t grow time, you can’t ask for time. You can only lose time.”

No matter your age or your standing in life, DO NOT WASTE ANYMORE TIME! Maximize your time on earth, because time is far from certain.

Imagine if you were given a deadline on life. Would you keep doing what you are doing?

The ball is in your court…

Till next time,

Axel

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  • JB

    Great article. When I moved from my last girlfriend, I never ordered internet or plugged in the television. Because of this, I force myself every day to experience new things. I never live a boring day in my life.
    But don’t forget: Even though we grow old, you can still live life to the fullest. Some men that are still in their prime – or rather even more so than when they were young – are actors such as George Clooney and Pierce Brosnan.
    Keep up the good flow Axel
    -JB

    • Thanks for the comment man. I agree, as we get older, there are still ample opportunities to maximize life. I just wanted to emphasize how so many people waste away their youth, thinking they will always have their health, mind, and mobility as they age.