The climax is the topic. There is no simpler way of saying it. The way we perceive time in a defined system of hours and minutes is far from what Time really is. This system is simply a calculation of one rotational cycle of Earth. So, while the Earth makes one run around the Sun we decided how to rat race. The routine of how we must spend the 24 hours was set to guide us to make our own. But the way we progressed to it, we defined rules to it all. Not just 24 hours but all the rotations of Earth that we’ll be part of. From birth to old age. The moment our perception of a guideline became a ‘rule’, we lost the life in it.
Ever heard those well crafted motivational videos where allegedly successful people share how they spend their 24 hours? Watching Elon Musk saying, work for 22 hours, someone else asking to hustle for ruthless hours or making your hours count, endless of these. It got so much out of hand, that these hours have become a separate entity to life. There’s an entire culture dedicated to it, the hustle culture. While it can be something one prefers, the problem arises when the hustle culture lures people, desperate people, with half-truths.
This race of 24 hours, which we all have, makes a difference with one thing for all. Oh, no not that vague statement of ‘how we use these 24 hours makes the difference.’ Instead, the difference is inherently simple. It lies directly in who you are. Your body keeps changing, preferring different things through the ages. You can be a morning person as a teen and a night owl in your late twenties. Working hard for hours can be fruitful but if you want to be successful, you have to work hard on the right thing. Imagine Elon Musk working hard in comedy. Assuming that to be something that is not his calling but something that experts say is a good industry to be in, or where the future lies. You get the point? I really like that phrase “Speed is irrelevant if you are going in the wrong direction.” The same applies to hard work.
Wondering how the rant of hustle culture relates to Time being non-existent? This is one example of how for years countless cultures, norms and rules, have defined your time for you. The time which physically didn’t exist and could have been defined in any and all ways possible by you for you. The worth of your time cannot be defined by anyone but you. I spent my fair share of time wondering why I couldn’t hustle and still want to build a business. Things started changing when I set myself free to understand how I as an individual flows through time. Each one of us is born with circumstances, situations, unclarity, dreams, setbacks, limitations and strengths. Far different from those we idolize. While it is true that they don’t define us, they are part of us, and our story. Navigating right through them will narrate our story.
So, wake up, the time that you take so seriously is not real. Follow it like a guide, not like the ultimatum. Understand what works for you, how these 24 hours of Earth’s rotation will be a PART of your life, not your life itself. Invest these hours in things that move you, move with the planet, gracefully, don’t race it, unless the race is what you want. It is a truly beautiful science that time is relative. And before we rush to define our time like the experts say, let’s first learn to live our time.