The misperception of time
“People don’t have as much time now as they did 10 to 15 years ago…” 365 days a year, 366 days if it’s a leap year. 8760 hours, or 525,600 minutes, or 31,536,000 seconds in the normal year. Time as a social construct may have changed when the calendar shifted, but the Earth and its rotations haven’t changed enough to make a difference. People have the same amount of time that people of decades, centuries and millennia ago had. Taking into account lifespan, many people actually have more time.
What people have chosen to do with their time is different, however. By filling up time with insignificant things like email, texting and social media sites, and by scheduling every hour of every day with events and appointments, people today have chosen to feel as if they do not have time to do anything. Having too much to do gives people the exact opposite feeling that they want.
People want to feel accomplishment; they want to be able to look back at what they have done during the day and be able to point to those things that they finished or wherein they have made a difference. However, during a day when every waking moment is filled with activity, there is no chance to take stock of what has been done, and even when there is time, parents will often feel like all they have done is cart children from event to event with no accomplishment in site.
Because time is money, it has become a commodity. The problem is that time cannot be saved or spent. It simply passes. Every moment of every day is another moment gone – one that will never be retrieved, one that will be lost forever. It is up to us to make the time for those people in our lives that are most important. It is time that we take responsible for how we allow it to pass away without a single thought to what we are trading it for.
I am sorry for taking your time but appreciate you reading. Please choose to do something more constructive for you and for someone else with your next moment.