The way you read your watch tells you everything you need about the life you live…
From the moment I woke up until the time I walked through my front door, my life felt unfulfilled. For more than half the day, I wished every minute away. I wasn't doing what I felt needed to be done in order to make my life worthwhile. I wasn't dedicating enough of my time to personal goals. I wasn't even sacrificing a sufficient amount of time to the people who meant the most.
I've always understood the value of time. That each day shouldn't be taken for granted as you aren't guaranteed tomorrow's 24 hours. Even if YOU are, someone or something of today's 24 hours won't be there for the next. This is life. We all have an idea how it works. But I, just like you, realize there are bills to be paid and wages to earn in order live a comfortable life… or simply to make ends meet.
We can't simply log off our work computers for the last time to pursue some 'dream' we've had in the back of our mind. Cashiers don't accept potential and gas tanks don't respond to IOU's. We try to justify our regrets by becoming realists who decided it was time to grow up. Not knowing dismissing yourself from that comfort by going all in on something you love is the hardest, yet most rewarding challenge you can ever accept.
Today, I wake up wishing the battery in my watch would die in hopes of actually gaining a few more hours.
I'm now living the life I have always dreamt of. I wake up when my body and mind simultaneously agree, not when the clock strikes 6:30am. I now have a flexible schedule that I can organize based on my own perception of priority. I even have the benefit of avoiding all the tank-top bearing bros that flood my gym during prime-time hours.
Although my time is spent differently, I still have a tendency to take advantage of the time spent. Certain events always arise and remind you of the basic instincts in life. Unfortunately, the majority of these events are undesired.
The past week has refreshed myself on the value of time. Who you spend it with and how you want that time you spent to be remembered. Remembered by yourself and remembered by each and every person you encounter.
I've devoted a specific piece of life building and maintaining relationships. I have built a sphere of influence of friends and family that's strength I refuse to lose. A certain amount of people I would give the world. I believe this is how the majority of us are in our group. This is why when one of us faces a challenge, we all feel the pain. We are all there ready to devote our full 100% support.
Recently, one of my best friends not only lost his father, but his best friend.
A loss felt throughout my sphere of influence because just as my friends have influenced my life, so have their parents. Whether directly or not, I have gained some sort of life lesson, experience or knowledge from them. To watch someone I consider a brother suffer is worse than personally suffering. But seeing exactly how close we are, should give our parents the comfort that they raised their boy's to become unselfish men.
A group of guys who have always made time for one another.
Because quitting my job and pursuing my dreams was never money driven. It has always been to have ultimate freedom to have the privilege to drop everything in order to be there for someone who has helped me get to where I am.
It's important to live life with the one's we love while doing things we'll never forget.
Nothing holds the weight of time, it is more precious than gold.