“The time you spent enjoying yourself is not time wasted.”
I read this on a poster when I was still at school. I was preparing for my ‘O’ level exams in those days so I took it to mean that if I took time off studying and enjoyed myself, it would be a good thing. It would probably recharge my batteries and I would study better later, and so on and so forth.
The concept of wasting time and wasted time is a matter of individual preference. For the workaholic, time spent in rest and recreation is a waste. Probably the same applies to overambitious get ahead quick types. These people do not mind partying for social mobility but consider time spent relaxing with family or close friends to be a waste.
The concept of wasting time is different for different people. It also changes for the same person over time.
When I was a young mother juggling with family, work and post grad studies, I needed to be very conscious of my time. As a compulsive multitasker, I thought I was wasting my time if I was not doing three things at a time. Rocking the baby to sleep while I supervised the older kids ‘ homework and studied myself was nothing extraordinary in those days.
Now when I have more time on my hands, my idea of wasting time has changed. I like to savour life’s experiences now and try to enjoy each moment as it happens.
For me, any time that passes without appreciating life is wasted. Regrets and recriminations, anger and resentment : these are now my criteria for wasting time.
Sitting on the porch just watching the rain no longer seems extravagant or wasteful to me. Only a few years ago I would have been appalled by such a “time suck”.
Enough about me; what stage are YOU in your life ? What is your present concept of wasting time and does it ever change ?
I would love to know in the comments section below.