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Wishing Time Away (Real Talk)

My apologies for the delay in this weeks Real Talk.  Superbowl Sunday, unfortunately, had me preoccupied yesterday.  But nevertheless, here we are.

I’ve alluded, on a few occasions, to having written a few of these posts in the past.  I’ve normally copied and pasted the previous posts.  This week, I am again going to bring up a topic I’ve written about in the past, but I’m not going to copy and paste.

Today, I want to talk to you about living your life to the fullest, everyday.  More specifically, I want to talk to you about making the most out of your Monday to Friday, as well as your weekend.  I, like a lot of you, look forward to my weekends.  I enjoy my weekends, whether I’m relaxing at home, running around getting things done, or partying it up.  But, I like you, have “wished my weekdays away.”  I have treated Monday to Friday as life’s stepchildren.  We all do it.  “I can’t wait until the weekend,” or “I can’t wait until 5pm Friday,” and not doing anything productive in the meantime.

Think about it though.  Monday, to 5pm Friday, is 113 hours per week.  In one year, that’s 5,876 hours.  Assuming these feelings started when you entered the workforce (approximately age 22), and that you’d retire at 65, that’s 43 years.  That’s 252,668 hours.  Average life expectancy in the US is about 77, which is 674,520 hours.  Certainly, there are a lot of other factors that play into the calculations, but just on the surface, you will wish away over 1/3 of your life.

As I mentioned, there are other factors to consider, but my point is that a weekday should be considered just as special as a weekend.  Sure, you don’t have the luxury of doing whatever you want during a portion of those days, but that doesn’t mean they should be considered lost days.  You can still get out and do things…see people you care about…do things that you love.  It takes a little motivation at times, but you can do it.  And for those of you with families, you are not exempt.  Sure, you may have homework with the kids, cleaning, blah blah blah.  Those are just excuses (says the man with no wife or kids, lol).  But seriously, this is your life too.  Babysitters exist during the week, and there are lots of activities that can include your kids.  You just have to make the effort.

Giving yourself only two days to call your own each week is unfair to you.  It is doing life a disservice.  So don’t wish over 1/3 of your life away.  Take that with you on your journey this week.

Have a good one!!