The Illusion of Time

Until our hair is completely white, until our faces are all wrinkled, until we realize that we are grandparents or great-grandparents, we think that we have plenty of time to live. We think that we have time to waste, or that we can take our time because we think we have so much time. For all of you who think that you have an eternity before your time is up, guess again because you are quite mistaken.

My generation has had and issue with wasting time on technology. We don’t know how to talk to each other or be social. Our version of going out with friends is not what it meant for our parents. We are constantly on our technology; we don’t know what to do without it. We don’t know how to twiddle our thumbs.

On the bus, from school to being dropped across the street from where I live, I try to explain to people why they should not be playing games on their phones, IPods, or whatever else they have. I try to explain to them that although they may have another 80 years to live, all that time will run out sooner than they think. I tell my classmates that once they reach the point where they will have lived through more than 3/4 of their life, once they are the oldest generation still alive, they will look back on their life and realize how much time they wasted on their electronics. They agree with me, but after ten minutes, they are back on their phones ignoring the world.

My parents’ generation was not as bad, mainly because the technology was not as advanced nor as accessible when they were my age, but they waste(d) time too. My grandparents’ and their generation can agree that time goes by more quickly than they would like or they realized. Every generation has wasted time in their own way, but not all of them have realized how much time they have wasted.

I decided to write this post because many of you may need a wake-up call. You will not live forever; you will die. Don’t waste the small amount of time that you have to live because when it will almost have run out, you will regret not doing more in your life. Time goes by faster than you realize, so don’t waste it. Stop with your electronic and be electronic free for the next week. See the outside world and feel the cold wind on your face (if you can because of where you are in the world), and enjoy the 3D real world. Stop being consumed by the emotionless 2D virtual world that is constantly with us. When you’re done reading this, turn off your computer, tablet, or phone and enjoy your life while you still have it.

Enjoy the holidays in the 3D world, not the virtual world. Enjoy life while it lasts for you. You were born with a maximum number of days, but your hourglass could be stopped before it finishes. You could die any time between now and when you grow old because of accidents or being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You have a maximum number of days, but you don’t have a minimum, so enjoy however many days you have left to live, even if it seems like an obnoxious amount, because it will run out, and you will die one day. Enjoy the holidays.

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2 thoughts on “The Illusion of Time

  1. People are a lot harder to meet when they are always plugged in so we lose opportunities to meet new people and make new friends, leaving more isolated than the generations that passed before us.

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