Day 166-Time: Our Most Valuable Commodity

Cape Town

Too many ideas, not enough time. This is the theme to my life.

Halfway through my 3 month visa, I’ve started to think about my next move. Should I figure out a way to stay in Cape Town? Do I want to stay in Cape Town? What projects should I focus on? Which idea is going to financially support my lifestyle? What do I want to do more? Should I continue travelling? Where do I want to go next?

These are the thoughts that are constantly running through my head. Having been told that I have “ants in my pants”, I have yet to master the art of stillness. There are definite pros and cons to this matter, but why can’t we just do it all?! The last time I asked myself this question, I was working full time, involved in a startup, part of an events committee, volunteering, organizing community projects, climbing, hiking, travelling and had a social life. It’s exhausting just to read and even more so to power through. I didn’t realize how bad my mental state was until I had broken down from exhaustion.

Learning from my past mistakes, I’ve learned to live a more balanced lifestyle. Time is our most valuable commodity, yet our greatest enemy. We try to do as much as we can because we think time is of the essence and we only live once, but sometimes it helps to slow it down and just be present. Travelling for a couple of months with the goal of being present has been extremely helpful in replenishing my energy, as well as healing my state of mind. I’ve learned to accept things as they come and with all these ideas sparking, I can’t do it all.Time to just pick one (or two) and run with it!

“The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you’re the pilot” -Michael Altshuler


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