Lately I've been thinking a lot about how to find more time to live. After all, it's called LIFE, right? But obviously if time were that easy to create, everyone would extend their days and weeks. At least every other week I've uttered to myself, "There aren't enough hours in the day". It's true. There aren't. However, I think it's time's finite nature that makes it so valuable to us. If we knew that we'd live forever, then we likely wouldn't rush around creating to-do lists or working vigorously to make things happen or savoring our favorite moments to the last drop.
With my 30th birthday merely days away, I've been reflecting on life and what I've made of mine so far as well as what I hope to make of the next 30 years. I have found peace in a few certainties. It's impossible to have more than 24 hours in a day. To that same end, we can't dictate how many days we'll get or what challenges will come our way in the days we're given. We can only do more with the time we have. I read a quote recently that really clicked for me.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.-Teddy Roosevelt
With this quote in mind, I'm aiming to get more out of my weekdays, particularly the mornings. It's true that we all have hours in our day that are accounted for the minute we wake up, but I think the challenge is finding creative ways to use the periods in between our busy schedules to create lives we're proud of. As we approach summer and the days grow longer, it gets easier to make things happen during the day, whether it be meeting up with a friend for an impromptu walk or baking cookies before work. Today I opted for the latter. I woke up early, brewed coffee and baked batch after batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, eating them as I went along. This morning was just what I needed.
So friends, here's to squeezing more fun out of your week and creating more memories along the way.