Let’s appreciate where we are. Let’s not wish our lives away -Julianne Moore in Instyle, October 2013
As you get older and time begins to get away from you, you start to ask yourself if you’re spending your time wisely. My birthday is on Sunday and I will be turning 26, so time and aging is something that’s been on my mind lately.
Time is the most important commodity that human beings possess. As morbid as it is to think, our time on this Earth will eventually expire and we will be gone. You could be be gone tonight, next week, in a year or decades from now. No one knows exactly how much time you have left to live and that makes it all the more precious. Therefore, it is vital that you spend your time doing things you enjoy and being with people you love. Don’t waste your time doing things that don’t bring you joy and add value to your life.
Because time is the most precious commodity in your life-and once spent is gone forever-it is the best gift you can give to those you love. As your children grow, they may not remember all of the toys and treats you bought them but they will always remember how you spent time with them and how you made them feel loved.
As you get older, you stop buying gifts for family and friends and instead spend time having a meal or doing something fun together. That’s not to discredit the excitement of a receiving a gift (or balloons!) but the gifts are not as important as the time you spend with those you care about. Yesterday my sister asked what I wanted for my birthday and I couldn’t name a single thing (probably because when I want something I buy it right away). I started thinking about it and I realized I’m beginning to feel the way my mom does; I want a birthday card (and balloons) and simply to spend time with her doing something we both enjoy.
It is not enough to tell the people we care about that we love them, you must show them.
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