As I get older I’m realizing that life is a lot like a roll of toilet paper: The closer it gets to the end the faster it goes. (Props to Andy Rooney for that beauty of a quote)
For real though, give it some thought:
As you get older and the responsibilities start piling up, you start realizing that there isn’t much time in the day left and your time is slowly slipping by.
We have a countdown to this thing called life and the seconds, minutes, hours are passing by as you read this blog.
We have no idea what will happen even 5 minutes from now but we act as if we’ll live forever.
I hate to bring it to such a somber mood so early but we are going to die at some point in life. There is an end to this journey.
So Why Do We Choose To Squander Our Time Doing Things We Don’t Really Like?
Why do we choose to squander the one non-renewable resource we have in this world to do things we don’t care about with people we could care less about?
Yes, I get it, life can’t always be about doing everything you like.
Those dishes need to be cleaned. Garbage needs to be taken out. Baby diapers needs to be changed.
I get it, there are just some responsibilities we can’t get out of.
But what about the other choices you make in life?
Like that “catch up” coffee with someone you’re really just neutral about.
Or that job that might make you a *bit* more cash but will be as boring as watching the paint dry.
Or ____________________________ (Insert thing you don’t like doing)
As a species we squander time away as if we’re going to get it back.
We act as if we are going to live forever.
Here’s a change of thought:
Here’s something that is a great litmus test for you when approached with a decision that could possibly take away your precious resource of time:
Fuck YES or GTFO (get the fuck out)
If something doesn’t give you the tingles and make you excited…
If something doesn’t make you jump out of your bed in anticipation…
If you do something on the regular and it doesn’t leave you with a sense of joy and happiness…
If, in your heart and mind, you’re not a positive 100% FUCK YES about “X” situation in life then…
New job opportunity doesn’t excite you? GTFO.
Possible new girlfriend only gives you a “meh” type of feeling? GTFO.
Thinking about going to such and such’s concert and you’re just not that into their music? GTFO.
The Only Thing We Have in Our Lives is Freedom of Choice and TIME.
The one thing begets the other.
Your choices in life are really choices in how you spend your time.
You can make more money but you certainly can’t make more time.
Once it’s used up it’s gone for good.
This decision making process is militant but it puts you in the drivers seat.
It takes you out of perception that you have no choice to being the person completely responsible for how they spend their time.
It is as precise as it is easy.
If something does not serve you in terms of happiness, growth or connection with someone you love…
Because you’re most likely squandering time that can be used doing something else that you actually like doing.
What you gotta realize is that life is fucking short.
I got to see this firsthand when my mom suddenly passed away in my twenties.
Before that happened I was working a corporate job that I hated every single day and complained about a situation that I had created.
And when she passed it presented the fork in the road for me:
I could either keep doing what I was doing while hating my life…
Or start over and do something I loved (which turned out to be fitness)
After her funeral I remember asking myself, “If I died today would I really be happy with what I’m currently doing?”
I didn’t know it at the time but I asked myself the question of “Fuck YES or GTFO”
In the end, despite having to start over, I got out of that job and pursued something that I loved.
And I haven’t looked back since.
Look, we don’t know when we’re gonna kick the bucket.
We don’t know what is going to happen 5 minutes from now much less 5 years from now.
But we still make decisions today that will delay our happiness in hopes that we’ll get the time back.
The truth is we won’t get it back.
Don’t squander your time as time is what your life is made of.
Is what you’re doing right now a fuck yes or GTFO?
The next time you’re reaching for a decision on something as insignificant as a coffee or something as life altering as a career change or even the time you took to read this blog you gotta ask yourself…
Is it a Fuck yes or GTFO.
If it doesn’t serve you in some positive way then get rid of it.
And then use that time you’ve opened up more wisely doing things you love doing.