As I sit here last minute writing my column, I can’t help but wonder...Where does all of the time go?
It seems like there is never enough time in a day to get everything done around the house, making sure I am being a good parent to Carter and being a good husband to Steph. Nevertheless time for work.
Every time I think about not having enough time in a day, I think back to when I was in high school and claimed I had “no time.”
The truth of the matter is, I had no idea what having no time really meant. Back then I spent an hour on homework and then did some other school things, then watched TV for a few hours to finish out my day. Now I wonder what I ever did with all of that time.
As I get older, I find my time slipping away more and more. I used to be able to watch TV uninterrupted, but now there are other things to do like pay bills or fill a form out. Not to mention the fact that Carter needs help from time to time.
It is this lack of time that makes me run on something my family calls “Simonson time.” We Simonson’s are all alike in that we show up to things late almost like clock work. Even more hilarious is that all Simonson’s seem to marry someone that is always on time, including my wife Steph.
In the end, I think we all are running out of time and envy how much others are able to accomplish with their time.
For instance, I am amazed that some families are able to keep their house clean with kids running around.
On Sunday, we returned home to a clean house after a weekend of camping and Carter had every toy drug out within two hours. Phew, that was demoralizing. One of many reasons having a clean house is not a big deal for us anymore.
We are all amazed at what others can get done, but I often wonder if those that seem to have time to clean their house think the same about others having time for other things. Are there things that people with clean houses wish they had time to do that maybe I am getting to do?
I have come to realize that having enough time for something is often a choice. Every day we make choices on how to spend our time.
For instance, we could all quit our jobs and have tons of time to do the things we want to do. The downside though is we would have no money to do the things we wanted to do.
There is a choice there, one that is hard to make every day, but a choice either way.
This choice is something that I have to make every day. I make it as the editor when trying to decide if I should spend two hours writing an important story or covering an event that is happening in the community at that time.
I also make these decisions at home when trying to decide whether I should empty the dishwasher or cool my jets and park it on the couch after a long day at work.
In the end, I don’t think there is ever really a good answer on how to spend time. You just have to spend the time you have on the things that make sense to you.
If that is nose-deep in your phone, then go for it (even though I wouldn’t agree). Or if it is volunteering at the food pantry or local fire department, more power to you.
Time is a finite thing. We cannot add an extra hour to the day or another day to the week.
We have to make the most of every day, hour and minute we have on earth. I have learned from past experiences that you never know when that day will come, which is why we should make the most of the day in front of us right now.