My blog posts come from my personal experiences, as you can probably tell if you look through my blog archives. This blog was inspired by one of my new favourite country songs by Josh Turner called “Time is Love”. In the last week or so, I have been driving in my car with this song on repeat and it made me really think about TIME. We all have a finite amount of time on this earth and how we choose to spend it and whom we choose to spend it with should be valued. What you do today needs to matter, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.
I am a very busy person and time is precious to me. I choose and enjoy having a lot going on in my life from my business and career, volunteering, spending time with friends and family, being active with my sports, carving out time to take care of my body and mind and yes, also spending time being silly and completely letting go. I am here not to grab all I can, but to give all that I am. I love to be around people. I realize that some people make themselves busy because they want to avoid being alone due to being scared and not wanting to figure out who they are. I get this point and can see how that can be true, but I believe I like to be busy because there is so much in this world I want to achieve and experience and the idea that “life is short” has become much more real to me. Or maybe I simply have a lot of energy and I want to spread the love! Haha Seriously though, I want to take every moment to soak up as much of this thing called “life” that I can.
Words and material things don’t mean as much to me as actions. I would much rather receive a gift that involves tickets to an event to attend together or a day trip with friends or even having a party to spend time with those I love, sans gifts. This being said, spending time with those I love has gone from something that was important, to something that is extremely important. As an example, last week I took my parents out for a formal dinner. We dressed up, ordered a lovely bottle of red wine and chatted for a few hours as we ate our delicious meal. When the waiter asked if we were celebrating something special, my mom looked at me and said, “Just that we are here together tonight and I guess … life”. This time together is so important to me and relates back to my “Celebrate You” blog.
The point of this blog is to remind you that sometimes, in life, we forget to spend quality time with those we love the most. I have been guilty of this. In the midst of our extremely busy lives, we forget that the most important thing is to surround ourselves with happy, loving and wonderful people. I am so grateful and lucky to have a lot of amazing people in my life. If I make time for you, it shows how important you are to me. To me, time is a powerful emotional communicator of how I feel.
This week, I encourage you to take some extra time to just “be” with someone you care about who is in your life. This could be your romantic partner, family member or a close friend. Give someone your undivided attention, without watching TV or texting on your phone. Look at each other and talk. In 30 years people may not remember your achievements or your profession or possibly even your name, but they will remember the memories you gave them and how you made them feel.
“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, relationships we are afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make. “