how much time you got?

October 23rd, 2009

One of the most important currencies of today is time. Of course, people have always been trading in time, paying people to do things for them that they were either too lazy, or "too important", to do. But in today's world time has gone as far as to replace money in the daily rhetoric of many people. I wonder if people in the past spent as much time complaining about not having enough time as it's common to do today. We have more freedoms and opportunities than ever, there's just no time to enjoy them all.

The biggest complaint among people today, once they stop complaining about lack of money, is lack of time. There is a strange kind of contempt for people who have time.
- Look at this cool thing these guys did.
- Yeah they really have a lot of time on their hands (those rich bastards!)

Strangely enough, there are also those who have a sense of pride about *not* having time. They just love fake-complaining to you about how busy they are. Well who decided you have to be so busy? Oh, I know, *you* did. Here, I have the solution for you. Ditch _everything_ that you're doing right now and you'll have more time than you ever dreamed of.

Being busy is also the standard way to lie to yourself when rejecting people. "Oh dear, I'd love to come to your whatever, but I'm just so darn busy". No, you just decided that you'd rather do something else. *I* know what it means, and you might as well just have told me that you weren't interested instead of telling yourself that you're a caring person who never lets anyone down. Because that's just plain obnoxious.

Now, what people seem to forget is that unlike money, time is very much your own choice. You don't choose to be born into a wealthy family, but you can easily choose to be rich on time. Here's a simple test: do you have a tv? Unplug it. You just won hours upon hours of time and it didn't cost you a dime! (Unless of course tv is what you most want to use your time for, but then you shouldn't complain about lack of time, you should revel in all the tv time you have!)

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1 Responses to "how much time you got?"

  1. says:

    The TV-argument is the best there is, as everything else does also connect a lot to your job and the obligations you have to fullfill. Very nice post. Just added you to my reader.