A struggle I am constantly faced with is the decision to work hard for the life that I want, or to stop and enjoy the life that I have now. I’m certain I’m not alone in this battle.
We are constantly bombarded with images and ideas that remind us that life is short, tomorrow is never guaranteed, live for today. On the other hand, we are constantly bombarded with images and ideas that remind us that good things come to those who bust their ass, who sacrifice today for what they want tomorrow, who envision their future and work relentlessly to create it. Live for today or sleep when you are dead? Finding the balance between the two can indeed be dizzying.
Personally, I tend to make the wrong decisions often. I bust my ass for things I aspire to have instead of appreciating what is in front of me at that very moment. I live in the moment at times when I should be focusing on the bigger picture, and ensuring a stable future.
Though as one of my four favorite Beatles once said “Time enjoyed wasting, was not wasted.”
Yesterday, I was faced with a slew of product reviews to catch up on, my taxes to file (still), I’ve got to get my car inspected, and reply to a bunch of emails.
I was also faced with the option of hopping into the backseat of a car and taking a road trip to Maine. My boyfriends sister was moving there, and while my help wasn’t necessarily needed (there was more than enough manpower), I welcomed the idea of a road trip. Sure I would “lose” a day of work. But if I stayed in my office, I would “lose” a day of sunshine, laughter, new sights, and road trip junk food (I’m well versed in this department.)
One thing I have learned (and learned the very hard way) as I make my way through this world is that putting the people who matter second to work never turns out well. While I try to fix the mistakes I have made in the past, I am trying equally as hard to not make them again. I may not have an impressive bank account or wealth in the materialistic sense, but I’m blessed with so many amazing people in my life, and as cliche as it sounds, that is worth more than it’s weight in gold (or a 401K).
So today I’ll catch up on that missed work.