Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about time. My whole life, I have been taught that time is money. As a kid, I didn’t really understand what this meant. Now, as a 23 year old, I agree completely. But it goes deeper than that, in my opinion.
I work 40 hours a week, to receive a paycheck at the end of a two week period. So 80 hours of my life is spent working somewhere to afford how I live. Therefore, I allow someone to put value on my time. Our society, at least here in the USA, has put a minimum wage. So, to me, it’s someone basically saying your time is worth a minimum of $X.XX per hour.
Something I have also realized at my young age, is time is also priceless. We cannot get time back. So, if we spend our entire life at work, because our society says our time is worth this much per hour, and that is how we are able to live comfortably, that is time they take from us in exchange for currency. Time we can’t take back later on in life.
For example, if John spends his entire life working 80 hours per week to afford things for his family to live comfortably, when he looks back at it all when he is retired, he will decide if it was worth it. Now to most we will say “Yeah, our family lived comfortably.” But let’s look at it from their point of view. What if John’s son, let’s say Timmy, just wanted his dad home more. So, to Timmy, John’s time is worth more than punching a time punch every day to bring home nice things for him to enjoy.
I think time is something that we all have, and is valuable. It may be to others just spending time with them, which shows them you care and love for them. For your employer, it’s being at work as much as you can to show you want to work for them. So where is the middle ground?
I think that’s what we have to find for ourselves. The middle ground. My middle ground has come with I will work 40 hours a week, but if something with family does come up, that is where my time will be spent. I will lose that exchange for currency, but my family is way more important to me than punching a time clock making money for someone else.
So, my question to everyone is this. Where is your middle ground? To those who have kids, this will give you a different perspective than that of my own.