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You don’t have to hold up the world today
The subject of time is one that has been constantly on my mind lately. I find myself constantly searching for more time: more time for homework, more time to spend with my friends, more time for work, more time for sleep, and more time to stress about how I don’t have any time. No matter how much I let my mind spin, I have never been able to add any more hours to the day. So what do we do? How do we cope with the stress of our daunting tasks? What do we make time for and what do we give up?
In high school, I was involved in every club I possibly could be. Not only was I involved, but I took my involvement one step further and took on leadership roles. I played two sports, took the hardest classes, and taught a class at my church on Sundays. I felt like I was always treading water, trying to keep my head above the waves. The worst of it all was that I didn’t do all of these things because I enjoyed them; I did them because I felt like I was expected to. My dad would always have to remind me, “Paige, you don’t have to hold up the world today.”
As I transitioned to college, I learned the importance of my father’s reminder, and I learned the importance of finding my passion. Finding your passion leads you to the clubs, classes, and people where your time is best spent. Spending your time on valuable things that you enjoy doing means you’re no longer treading water and trying to keep yourself from drowning. You’ve finally remembered how to swim.
I wish I had a better answer for your time management problems. I wish I had a checklist template or a time management strategy I could offer, but I don’t. The best advice I can give you is the simple reminder that you do not have to hold up the world today. The world will keep spinning if you have to skip a club meeting to finish a paper, it will keep spinning if you are a couple minutes late to a group meeting because you were on the phone with your mom, it will keep spinning if you need to take a break from studying to spend an hour with your friends. Let go of the expectations you think that people have of you and stop searching for more time because you do not have to hold up the world today.