I am sooooooo guilty of always saying “Man! I’d sure like to do blah-blah-blah…but I just don’t have the time!”
I don’t know how Suzy Sewmaker has time to make her own curtains.
I wish I had the time to bike 2 hours a day!
Read a whole book in two days?! What a pipe dream! Only people with extra free time do that.
She makes all her own bread – I just don’t have time for that.
A manicure?! Dude – ain’t nobody got time for that. I can’t even get my nails clipped!
Please raise your hand if you’ve ever said anything similar to the above. If you don’t raise your hand, you might be in denial…or tied up by your 5 year old.
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve found myself at a realization.
We all get 24 hours.
You. Me. Suzy Sewmaker. And Jane Readsalot.
We all decide what we do with it. The reason she can sew her curtains? She makes it a priority. The reason she bikes every day? She makes time for that. The reason she’s able to devour a book in two days? She says, “I’m going to read now.” And make bread or give yourself a manicure? It’s because something else fell to the wayside.
Someone else doesn’t do the things that you want to do because she has more time. She has the same 24 hours that you have. Nobody is special and gets more – we all get 24 hours. You’ve both just chosen how you’re going to spend that 24 hours differently.
I’ve always said I wanted to learn to sew. I lament and moan and groan because “I just can’t find the time!” But, the truth of the matter is, I DO have the time. I’ve just chosen to spend my time on other things right now. Maybe learning to sew will take up some of my hours when my children are older.
Some of you work a full time job – that’s a priority to you. So, you use that time for work which might cut down on other things you have time for.
We have decided to homeschool. That means it cuts down on time that I might have had if I sent my kids to school. But that doesn’t mean I can be jealous of a friend who sends her kids to public school and she “gets more hours than me.” No, she doesn’t.
We all get 24 hours to spend.
The problem comes when we compare, lament, and complain about the time that we do have instead of deciding exactly HOW to spend that 24 hours. And man alive, I am SUPER guilty of that.
Even now, I’m choosing to spend some time writing this because I love to write. I could be watching You Tube videos on sewing, or exercising on the trampoline while simultaneously trying not to pee. I just chose what I wanted to do with this time.
People say “I wish I had time to make bread like you do, Stacy!” Well, you do. 🙂 But maybe you do something that I don’t do. Like scrapbook, paint your toenails, exercise, craft like a rockstar or crochet.
Let’s spend our 24 hours doing the things we love. Let’s stop whining about our lack of time. And by “we,” I mean Stacy.
Do you need to re-prioritize your 24 hours?