Now is the time

Time, that slippery eel, which drags itself through flights, nonchalantly strolls through French lessons, yet whistles through an hour with a good book. That's if you're me of course. You will have a different list of disagreements with time. It will always get the better of us.

Remember then: there is only one time that is important-Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.

 

I'm not great at remembering quotes, and this is one I memorized, because it stuck out to me as one worth remembering. It's a quote of Leo Tolstoy, from his book: What Men Live By And Other Tales.

Time is not going to wait for you. If you're 16 and think you have to wait til after university/you start a job/earn some money to start your life, let me assure you, you don't. Take steps towards your dream now. Learn to manage your time now. Instead of hanging out with your friends every weekend, competing to get the most alcoholic drinks inside you, and you really want to write a song or ten, make an excuse every other weekend and sit there and do it. You don't want to be 26 and not have done it right? It might be a shit song. But you'll have done it, and the next one might be better. If you're 60, and you've always wanted to write a book, you'll be amazed at how quickly you can write. I know someone who has written 10,000 words in less than a month, with a full time job. And a boyfriend and a social life. It's possible.

Practice carving little bits of your life out now. Little bits as in ten minutes. Just deciding, committing and achieving ten minutes every day or even every other day will feel like a conquest.