I worry too much these days about time wasted. Am I making the best of my time, or am I just sitting in front of my PC masturbating the day away?
The twenty-somethings are a terrible age to be in some ways. It’s the age when you’re finally old enough to understand that you’re young and virile, but every day reminds you of a missed opportunity, one more day of youth wasted. It all feels so fleeting.
But I like to think of this neurosis as a positive thing, it’s my mind’s way of telling me that every day must be important. Either you spend it with a loved one, with friends, with family improving relationships that may last a life time or you use it to achieve something new either producing something that will make you proud for years or improve yourself in an ever-lasting way (or both if possible).
The worst thing to happen to a person is an idea not acted on. Our minds are easily influenced and we must come up with a thousand ideas every day as reaction to something we’ve seen, heard, tasted, touched or smelt. Once in a while we’ll realise that some of these ideas are good. But what an awful habit I think too many of us are guilty of is simply storing the idea in our heads and never acting on it. The worst part is that a lot of us invent reasons why we shouldn’t attempt the idea. Classic reasons are ‘not enough time’ or ‘not enough resources’, which can fairly valid. But the worst reason of them all is this one ‘I’m not good enough to pull it off’. Frustration at one’s own ability is one of the brattiest reasons not to do something! It’s idiotic to expect that everything will go exactly to plan the first time you attempt something. But that’s exactly what people expect whenever they use ‘I’m not good enough’ as an excuse. Our entire understanding is shaped by trial and error: attempting something and measuring the results. But at some point our programming must have been seriously screwed up whenever we stop testing altogether.
When a person attempts an idea, even if the results are bad, they are now a little more experienced at executing that idea. When they attempt the idea again, they may notice the mistakes from last time and improve just a little bit more. Basically what I’m explaining here is learning. So whenever you have an idea, execute it. Even if it’s bad, you’ve learnt something. And stop using your failures as an excuse to never try again; failures are enviable, they’re part of the learning experience!