My daughter, Jacquelyn, amazes me sometimes. She’s 19 years old and I believe that she is very worldly and insightful. She’s got a lot of common sense and insight. Pretty much, I think she’s taken after her father in this area! (LOL). I learn from all of my children, and learned something very important from her that I’d like to share with you.
As many people may know by now, I am a huge proponent for education. I believe education is power, and do agree with many I have discussed this fact with – education alone is not enough. I believe you need to learn what you need to know so you can enjoy life (what I say all the time about why we provide the resources and articles that we do on www.TimetoPlay.com); AND, you need to take what you’ve learned and take action to make your education work for you.
That being said, Jackie told us the other day that she did not feel she was benefiting from attending college for right now. She said that she wasn’t learning things she enjoyed. She said that she needed to figure out what she wanted to “be” first, before wasting time and money to attend school at this time in her life. She further noted that, between working almost full-time and going to school she had no time to enjoy her life. She said the way she was going, she had no time to learn how to play the ukulele, take photos, exercise, or go to the beach. She just wasn’t enjoying herself and felt exhausted.
Neither her dad nor I became upset. I was actually quite impressed that she was able to realize this and make a decision to take action towards change. I guess she’s been listening to me “preaching” the concept of Time to Play – that you need to learn what you need to enjoy life and that it’s TIME to enjoy life – before it’s too late. Hey, you never know what tomorrow will bring, and my biggest hope is that people will take advantage of every moment so that they will have no regrets.
I, myself, started www.TimetoPlay.com to re-learn what I needed to enjoy life. I had gotten so busy on “the hamster wheel” running here and there, doing “stuff”, working so hard, and (etc.)… that I truly felt I had forgotten how. As I talked to so many other people, they had forgotten how, too, which is why the concept behind this endeavor is so important. I’ve truly set out to help 1 million people realize they need to consider the Time to Play Philosophy (you have to be happy, healthy, have money and a work life balance to enjoy life) and to provide resources to them so they can pick themselves up, dust themselves off and move forward.
I live and breathe the Time to Play Philosophy. Nevertheless, I am only human and, at times, find myself slipping back into old habits of working so hard or for long hours, and becoming tired.
Jackie’s discussion with us really hit home. She’s 1,000% right, and it’s so important – and necessary – to keep reminding ourselves what is important to us, each and every day.
Ask yourself if you are currently happy, healthy, have money to pay your bills without stressing out, and a work life balance. If you are, keep it up, keep growing, and keep moving forward. If you’re not, start learning what you need and start looking for ways to make changes. You don’t have to change everything all at once, but changes can be small and progress towards a goal.
Who said we need to go to college, get a job, work till we are so tired, retire with “a few good years” left to do what we “always dreamed of doing”, and then just die.
I think many of us need to revisit our preconceived vision of a “normal” life that so many of us adopt. I don’t believe taking those once a year vacations are enough. I also hate that so many of us wish our days away waiting for the weekend. I believe that we need to plan something wonderful into each and every day to create relaxation in our lives, to make us smile, to make us feel fulfilled. The adoption of this way of life is not easy. Start by taking a few minutes of each day and do something you enjoy. Work up to making every day count, and then work up to making every second of every day count. After all, every second is actually precious, even though we may forget…
“I’m too busy – I can’t do this now”, I hear you saying.
I ask you – if not now, when? It’s hardest to start to implement changes, but it is rewarding once we do.
It’s time to Enjoy YOUR life. It’s Time to Play.