These days, I find myself constantly pressed for time. There are a million things I want to do, but I don't really have time for any of them. I'm frequently stressed, trying to scramble up a few extra hours to get things done in. A year ago I was single, a student and had a lot of time on my hands. I had time for everything I wanted to do, and then some.

Then everything changed. I have a girlfriend, a job, even cats. So of course some things had to go on the back burner. This was all to be expected, so that's not really a problem. But as of late, things at work have heated up a bit.

We're constantly under pressure of deadlines, pressing ourselves to the max to meet them. I know it's not uncommon, but for me it's the first time working under such pressure. I've worked towards deadlines before, but

never in a way where every met deadline results in three new ones.

It's a good job and it needs to be done, so I'll do what needs to be done. I don't want to come across as whining, all of this just got me thinking about time and how we handle it.

Time is both an infinite and very finite resource at the same time. If we're looking at the big picture, imagining the world running out of time is almost impossible to do. If we instead look at it from an individual's perspective, we know time is ticking away constantly. In the latter case we have something to compare to.

We know roughly how long a human life is and each minute gone is a fraction of that time. How long it is before the world ends we cannot grasp. It's never happened before

(at least not this world).

The scariest thought when dealing with this is the one that tries to place one's own life into the puzzle that is infinity. Realizing just how small a piece of that puzzle I am really caused me to pause for a second. The bottom line though, is that every single moment counts, so you'd better make them all really count.

This is especially true if you don't believe in any sort of afterlife (such as reincarnation or a place in heaven), or if you don't want to risk being wrong. I mean what if we get one chance and then it's all over? Can we really afford losing a single moment?

By saying "making them all really count" I don't mean being productive or energetic at all times. I'm just saying that every moment should be spent on something you benefit from

in some way (no this doesn't necessarily mean making money, only you know what you benefit from).

Resting can be a terrific thing to do with your time if you're tired, but it can also be a waste if you're full of energy and inspiration.

I do realize that not everyone can do anything they want at any given moment. I'm not even close. But with the right perspective, we can still turn those boring tasks into something positive. Those dreadful things we all have to do at times usually amount to something good for ourselves if we think about it. It's just about figuring out what, and then focus on that.

With this, I'm not telling people to be self-absorbed. Just self-aware. And stop wasting time, it's far too precious.

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