Today a new article appeared, it talked about how we should all aim to have a part time job so that we can enjoy life.
It’s nice, I totally agree with this needing, and I personally believe that it’s the right thing to do.
The thing is… all revolves around a question: How much is worth your time?
Usually the answer includes money, like 100$, 50$/hour, etc.
That is the problem.
Your time is not a mean for money although in reality it is.
Yes, your skill and your time are both part of how you pay your bills, but in the end your time is much more valuable than money.
You experiences are much more worth it and can’t be classified in a numeric scale of money.
The emotions can’t be truly translated into money.
How much love is worth? No, we can’t answer this, and in the same way we can’t truly say how much our time is worth.
The answer is always “infinite”.
Our time is something that only goes forward, meaning that if you spend it in something you don’t acquire, then your time is lost.
Emotions build up, skills build up, the repetitive 9 to 5 job? Doesn’t really build up unless you let it build.
Your family will be your most precious time.
Almost any father in the world sooner or later realized that he should spend more time with his children.
Did we learn something? No.
We still struggle, both employees and employers still struggle to identify that happiness isn’t the amount of money you have in your bank account.
And while it is true that poverty won’t make you happier, the opposite is not so clear, and it’s not about the money.
It’s not about money or not. It’s about time or not.
If you have the money but you sacrifice 100% of your time for it, you have failed.
You have failed to experience this beautiful world as a whole, you failed to connect to your siblings, you failed to make time for a friend to talk with you.
When we talk about freedom, we talk about money.
We should also talk about priorities and will.
What is your priority? As a social being we are used to go out at night, drink at bars, spending that money.
But will that money lead you to an experience you will undoubtedly remember? An experience that will be carved into your memories?
So the question is not if you want to have more time for you. We all want that.
The question is: are you willing to do it?
Closing line: Yoda said “Do or do not, there is no try”.