Every week my job put up a overtime schedule for those who want to volunteer to work. I don’t like working overtime. The reason is because I work enough each week so anything past that is my limit and I rather spend my days off with my family. One of my co workers told me that he was working and that I should come in to get some of the overtime money. I smiled and told him that there are things more valuable that money can’t buy. He responded with I like money and when I work overtime I can buy things that I enjoy. I responded with there are things more important to me that money can’t buy.
Time is not reusable, once you use it, it’s gone. It’s perishable, you can't save it for later. It can’t be bought, or transferred to anyone else. It’s the most precious thing that even the riches man can’t buy. Last year I worked a lot of overtime days to save up for a house. This year I decided to not spend my days off working but to enjoy them. When I worked overtime it took away from me the things I enjoy like my family, and my hobbies, like writing more, and spending time in nature. I told myself that I wasn’t going to allow a job to take away from me the things that I enjoy anymore.
We all say that we will do this or that but time still goes on and while we plan to still do the things we enjoy we let time slip away and before we know it we look around and wonder why life passed us by. I have been working for my job going on eight years and I have missed out on so many things that I can never get back. My children were younger when I started my job in 2010. I was younger when I started my job and in those years I missed out on school activities and events. The times I wanted to go to a family function but I couldn’t because I had to work. These things can not be made up.
Life is precious and I was living like I had all the time in the world when in actuality life is short. I have to make up a lot of the time I wasted from eight years and I told myself that this year will be the year. I live my life cherishing time. I will make the most of every moment and enjoy the moment while it’s happening. My children and my husband mean the world to me and I have to enjoy them while I still have time. I know in life we have goals and sometimes making money can help us achieve the goals we want on earth but don’t be so busy trying to make a living that you forget to make a life.
“I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” -Maya Angelou