“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
In these times, we are unbound from the weight of marked calendars and official appointments. We are also away from must-responsibilities except for staying at home. Lock away from our usual tiring routines and social roles, and we have nothing but ourselves. It’s like something has disappeared in us as we stay around the corners of our house. The social status of being a student or even an employed businessman, all of it doesn’t matter because people are all in the same place and situation.
This quarantine, we finally face no one but ourselves. Now, we are experiencing how we act on our own accord with our own time and place. Yet we still have a responsibility left to us, but few ones only started working on it. Are you the few people who have been handling the responsibility for taking yourself well?
Have you reflected on your past actions these past three months of lockdown? Have you known how you value your time? Do all your actions benefited you in your personal development, or you remain dormant in your comfort zone?
Today’s Tomorrow As Well As Yesterday
If we stop for a moment and look, we have a lot of time to spare in our hands. Have you remembered that you want to try new things to serve as your new hobby back then? It is time to grant it yourself.
Do you often ask yourself what do you need to remove your insecurities? Then, we have a long time ahead of us. Today is the day to start chasing personal endeavors as such.
Oh, I realized that the word “today” has a different ambiance in the present. It seems like it is synonymous with “yesterday” and “tomorrow.” nowadays. Time progresses, but most of us feel the days to be monochromous and plain almost identical. As if the saying, “Tomorrow is a new day.” sounds like a fraud from an overly optimistic speaker.
Now that we are not following any timetables with the mandatory task to finish, we are left with our initiative for using our time right this quarantine. And guess what? By how the way you act at times like this, it tells more about yourself.
Moving Forward With Time
It is time to reflect on our past actions these previous three months. Did you use your time to discover new hobbies out of your comfort zone?
I bet you managed to cook the dish you’ve been practicing for a long time. It took you many trial and error in the process, but then you have amazed your mom for cooking her favorite dish. The smile you got from her outweighed the exhaustion you felt trying. It was a satisfactory ending that made you closer to each other.
Or with great perseverance, you finally lost A LOT of weight and body fat. You have transformed to be the one you have been dreaming of this whole time through extreme dedication. Your desire to be physically fit used an enormous quantity of time, but it was worth it. Seeing yourself achieving the desired outcome from a long commitment turned out to be rewarding. As you shared your disciplined routine in losing weight on social media, many people considered you an inspiration. As sweat rushed down from your cheeks and your whole body aching, you found yourself a new smile.
You may have managed to learn English a lot better today after a month of practicing. Your enthusiasm for learning the language brought you to unwavering spirit to write, read, and listen to online sessions and articles. It took some time, but you finally felt a strong feeling of accomplishment as your first article was published. Now, you are ready to take another step towards your own goal to be a writer someday.
Based on the examples above, the ones who have the initiative to start “today” have something to look forward to their tomorrow. They know how to utilize the saying “Time is gold.” Thus, as time keeps moving forward as its nature, they chose to walk beside it with a goal in mind knowing it was too valuable.
Dead Man Knows No Time
The dead man carries no gold in an afterlife because they can’t tell the value of time.
Spending most of the hours of your day stuck in your videogames? Well, I did the same. I have finished a game this lockdown after 200 hours of investing in it. How long did yours take?
Are you using your phone to browse social media apps for a couple of hours? Oh, whats your cycle? Mine is from Reddit to Twitter to Facebook to Youtube then repeat. However, it is a pity because my phone is practically overworking at this point without pay.
Have you been sleeping in your bed to pass the time? Me, too. My sleeping schedule’s ruined thanks to my irregular sleeping practice. It turned out my situation got worse when my body clock and my alarm clock woke me up at a different time.
The atmosphere of being at home is very manipulative, hypnotic even. Building new habits or doing unusual activities that you don’t usually do at home can be pretty tricky. It is because there have already been established practices in your house that you are used to doing. That’s why it is hard to create an entirely new activity in a place where old habits reside. It is also why we find it easier to make new habits in an unfamiliar place. It is blank and no old habits of interrupting the new ones.
With that said, it is understandable to be struggling to effectively use our time in a place we are currently in. But as we let ourselves lay our bodies flat over the sofa or stick to our old habits that we acquired this quarantine any longer, we are as good as a dead man. We don’t progress and improve. On top of that, we are vacant but chose to remain idle.
Tell me the difference of a dead man lying around in a coffin with zero chance of self-development to the living who possesses the opportunity to start yet prefers to persist without change.
Resurrection Vs. Second Chance
I admitted that I was acting like a “dead person” once. I have experienced the sheer agony from realizing that what I was doing for a long time isn’t healthy and practical. It does not promote self-improvement either. I remain passive in a time when I should be able to make a change. Time does not wait nor feel for our actions. It also doesn’t remind you periodically. It will leave you with your current self at the moment.
The time came for me that I thought, “Today will be the day.” I chose to grasp the second chance to change my lifestyle for the better. Afterward, I began to do the things I must do more than what I wanted to do. I was once nearly identical to a dead, but as long as I breathe air, there is no such thing as “too late to try again.” The advantage of living LIKE a dead man to an actual corpse is that resurrection is impossible for the sake of another chance.