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This past Sunday my pastor gave a message regarding time, using a movie titled About Time to pull his examples from. You should totally check the movie out though; it’s really good (after you finish this post of course). Don’t expect the movie to show up all that often in this post though; it’s more of a concept guide as opposed to an object lesson. The movie made me think some cool thoughts, and that’s basically as in-depth into About Time we’ll be going.

Now, the movie this post isn’t about follows a young man who has just been told the men of his family can time travel, revisiting parts of their past. He spends the rest of the movie learning the true value of one’s time. The movie pushes me to ask a question I’m sure you have asked yourself more than once as well, what if I could go back in time? Where would I go? Who would I talk to and what would I do? I like to think I’d go back for the greater good and right some wrong I’ve done, or solve some problem that I never could. But I also like roller coasters, and I can definitely see myself revisiting a few of my trips to Six Flags as well. I would say that counts as a positive use of time travel, wouldn’t you?

Time travel has been a hot topic for as long as I can remember, maybe even longer than that. Everyone wants to see how life used to be 200 years ago, or how life will change 200 years from now. However, one of the most frustrating things in the world is seeing the potential in something, only to be absent for that potential’s culmination. Multiplied by about 1000 is how frustrating the future can seem from the present.

You and I know exactly how incredible life will be in 200 years, humans will have accomplished so much more than we can even imagine. Think about it, I’m 21 years old, in my brief time on earth I’ve seen something as small as a cell phone turn from a laughable afterthought to the one device that basically controls the population from a personal level. That was just one example, hovercrafts are a thing now, robots can think, a SHEEP WAS CLONED PEOPLE. So that must mean cloned cellular hover robot sheep can’t be that far off at this point.

To understand our fascination of time travel, the best place to start would be with our fascination with time itself: the one aspect of our lives that we have absolutely no control over. We can control what we do with it: how we spend it, who we spend it with, but we don’t choose how much of it we have. It is one of the few things we can’t get back once it is lost, and it’s one of the most devastating things to waste.

One of my favorite quotes is by John Lennon, he said “Time you enjoyed wasting, was not wasted.” It makes me feel better about my not so productive days. But as much as I want to agree with this, I just can’t, not completely. Add the disclaimer “as long as you know when to stop wasting time” and I’m on board. Knowing you’ve enjoyed your past is important, but so is being prepared for your future.

So no, you didn’t waste time playing Xbox with your roommate yesterday, but that doesn’t mean you should keep not wasting time with your roommate and your Xbox. Try not wasting your time other ways, with other people. Take it from someone who spent his entire childhood not wasting his time; looking back, you won’t regret what you did, you’ll regret what you chose not to do.

I’ve adopted a “life is too short…” mindset, and no I don’t claim to be the one to think of it; just the one to perfect it (kidding! Geez). This motto, for me, means I don’t have enough time to waste; I’ll never have enough time to waste. Very recently I’ve tried to all but cut out anything deemable as unproductive. Life’s too short ya know? Life’s too short to sit on the couch all day, it’s too short to sleep in until 12:30 everyday, and it’s definitely too short to waste my time not putting forth all of my effort on anything and everything I try.

The more time I’ve spent the more I realize how little time I’ll have to spend. If I’ve got such a little amount of time in the long run, why wouldn’t I maximize the possible outcome of every second? What I mean to say is with less and less time, every second becomes more and more important.

So remember, when deciding how to spend your increasingly precious time, it won’t be wasted if you enjoy wasting it, just please stop wasting it.