Thoughts on "Free Time" and enjoying life.

apolloinfinity (@apolloinfinity) 9 years, 3 months ago

This morning, I woke up in my dorm room at 7:30. I ground my coffee beans, started up the coffee maker, hopped in the shower, and then sat at my desk with the morning sun rising right outside my window. My first class, chemistry, was at 10:00. I was sitting at my desk, thinking about a comment that someone made last night.

Someone mentioned “free time” in a conversation, and another person jokingly said, “Free time? What’s that?,” referring to the busy life of a college student trying to go to medical school. I myself am a college freshman on the journey of getting accepted to medical school. So back to my thought this morning… For some reason, the phrase “free time” popped up in my mind as I sat down at my desk this morning. I came to the realization that all of our time is free. There is no such thing as a difference between free time and “non free time.”

The time we spend doing things, whether it’s studying for an exam, doing homework, listening to music, reading a book, etc., is our absolute free time. We simply choose to spend our free time in ways that we think will benefit us in a particular way sometime in the future. The only reason you spend time doing homework is to receive a good grade and eventually get into medical school or whatever the greater goal may be.

I hope everyone understands what I’m trying to say here. I’m having trouble explaining it. All I know is that this realization put more joy into my life because it allowed me to understand my purpose for how I spend my time. Sometimes, doing homework or studying for an exam can seem like it drags on and on and that there is no true meaning for why you’re doing it. From now on, I will remind myself that all of my time is free, and that no matter what I’m doing, I’m spending my time in a way that will benefit my life in one form or another sometime in the future.

March 29, 2013 at 9:04 am
Anonymous (214) (@) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@apolloinfinity, “I came to the realization that all of our time is free. There is no such thing as a difference between free time and “non free time.”

Hit the nail on the head with that one. People literally choose to have awesome experiences, or miserable ones. Often times they are even the same experience but looked at through a different perspective/attitude

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Anonymous (254) (@) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

I spent my day staring at a bin.

Super vision, here I come.

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pat (169) (@epath) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@apolloinfinity, I asked students once if there was anything that didn’t degrade. One answered: time. However, our time is limited. It may be free and eternal, but we–as far as we know –are not. There are limits to everything.

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