I must admit that I used to get annoyed when people made statements like, “There is no better time than the present” and, “Life goes by so quickly – do things you enjoy.” I used to see it as people trying to throw advice at me. Now I understand that they were only trying to help me.
As I get older, I am starting to realise that the present is all we really have. If we use this knowledge to our advantage, we can achieve something worthwhile. Many of the highly successful people in the world are only successful because they acted at the right time. Timing can be a determining factor when it comes to success and failure.
The older I get, the more quickly time seems to fly by. I remember how a year used to feel like such a long time. Nowadays, a year goes by so fast that it is over in the blink of an eye – another birthday, another Valentine’s Day, and another Christmas all come and go so quickly.
If we’re not careful, life passes us by while we spend most of our time thinking about doing things, instead of actually doing the things we want to do. I am a very indecisive person, which means that it takes me a long time to make up my mind to do something.
These sentiments make me realise that we do only have the present, and that putting things off does not help. The list of things we want to do just keeps growing until we end up doing none of it because it has all become too overwhelming.
As you read this, you are the youngest that you will be for the rest of your life. Make the most of it. Do the things you want to do. Don’t just work hard: enjoy life; take a walk in nature; go on a holiday; find the things that really matter to you and do more of them.
If you are thinking about studying, make that call to a student registrar. Do not wait until it becomes just another passing thought. Acting now is what is going to make your dreams come true.