This 4 letter word sounds simple and has a meaning which is different to every single being on this planet. Time waits for no one. It goes on and on. There will be a beginning for us and an end, but time will be there.
Knowing all this, I’d want to gather your attention to a topic you might relate to; “Giving your time”
Giving your time can be interpreted as giving it for your work, your passion, your love, your friends, your family and sometimes yourself.
The main question being, “Are you giving enough time to everyone?”
By everyone I mean that small list of people who matter the most to you; whose existence matter to you; their opinions you value the most; whose absence will hurt like nothing else you’ve ever felt.
If you’re doing that, then boy I’m proud of you. It’s tough to manage even a small list of 5-10 people.
Many of us like me find it difficult to manage time for those we like. When we fail to do so, we get to hear lines like,
- You don’t have time for me.
- There’s 24 hours in a day and you have not a minute for me.
- You found new friends.
- Your phone is more important.
- Your work is more important.
Firstly, It hurts. Yes, it hurts both ways. Of course you had a lot of work and couldn’t get in time for the family movie. And yes, you got so lost in reading that book that you forgot to meet your parents and take them out for dinner. Of course that on the one holiday you got for the week, you decided to sleep and rest and not meet your friends.
We often see our side of the story and fail to see the other side of the story. The only thing you need to do here is to make up for that lost time.
Yes, you couldn’t make it in time for the movie. Make sure you make it for the next one soon.
Yes, you slept off the entire Sunday and didn’t meet your friends. Make sure you meet them soon.
Although the only thing that matters is your effort. If that effort takes long, then with time, there will be a distance between you guys. It’s tough to break that. It’s even more tough to take more effort to make it work.
For what it’s worth, don’t let it reach that stage. Take those actions soon. Many don’t have even 2-3 people around them asking about their well being. You have more. Don’t lose it.
Lastly, a special mention goes to those with parents. Give them time. Even if it’s a 1 minute call; do it everyday. You don’t know what’s in store for tomorrow. It doesn’t matter that you’re neck deep in work or too tired to move a muscle. Talk to them. It really matters to them.