There are days in life when it is going to be sunny outside. If you want to be outside in nature during the nice weather, you are going to have to plan accordingly to make time for it. The same goes for life whenever there is something you want is coming down the road. You have to plan in advance to make the time for it and cover all your bases so you can make it to what you hold most dear. There is always room in your life to fit in things you find important. I repeat, there is always room to fit in the things you love. If you don’t think you can make it happen and go to somewhere you think you ought to be, then maybe it is time to check your premises and reevaluate your priorities. Getting your priorities set straight might be the easiest route to happiness.
There will always be more work to do or errands to run. But there will not always be time for you to spend with your loved ones. Spending time with your grandparents, parents, siblings, or own kids is cherished time. Times that brings us the greatest amount of happiness. We should not neglect this time and replace it with work we seemingly think we have to do. The work never ends, but the time spent with loved ones and doing things you enjoy do. Famous musician Tom Petty I believe illustrated this better than anyone else in the world. I live by this quote and it teaches me to have priorities. Sorry mom and dad, but few things in life are truer than this.
“I’ve learned one thing, and that’s to quit worrying about stupid things. You have four years to be irresponsible here, relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember the time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So stay out late. Go out with your friends on a Tuesday when you have a paper due on Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. Drink ’til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does…”
This quote doesn’t just apply to college in itself, it applies to your entire life. Your entire life you will face decisions of whether to miss a family event, your kid’s soccer game, a friend’s birthday, or visiting your grandmother in the hospital for work or some other non-important thing. Work never stops, but precious time with others does. You will always, always be able to find another small thing of work or chores to do. It unfortunately takes people until the end of phases in their life or life itself to realize this and that their priorities were misaligned. They wished they had not worked so hard and had been there to see their kids grow up more. No parent that gave up the slightly higher paycheck will ever look back and regret their decision to spend more time being there for their kids growing up. You can make up work, but you can’t make up the time you missed with your loved ones. It relates to whether you will remember something on your death bed or not. Odds are you will never remember the work you did, but you will always cherish the memories of skipping work to see your kid’s soccer game or piano recital. Add more of these memories to your life by setting your priorities straight. Better priorities leads to an exponentially better life.
The people that supposedly “get it” in life are the ones who have their priorities in line. They are the people that seemingly are always doing good things and are always at their children’s sporting events because they make note of what is going on. They check the weather. They plan accordingly to make time for the important things in life. They put the rocks first before the pebbles and sand. (https://www.criterionconferences.com/blog/professional-development/rocks-pebbles-sand/ great analogy I highly recommend reading) They live life as you should. A life where the important things come first and small things come last. I hope you can recognize the small things and brush them aside to make room for the important things. Time is the most precious commodity and wasting it is a sin. So, go ahead and make the most of your time and make the ones and things you love your top priority.
Get to know yourself better. Evaluate what gives you the most joy in your life. Spending time with your family, your friends, doing your hobby, or whatever it may be. Plan your life around all of these big important things in your life and get work done early so you can make it to the great things in your life. Making this a regular practice leads to regular happiness.