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Like all of us, I'm not getting any younger. Time moves in one direction for us all, at one velocity. We can't buy more of it, and we don't get it back once it's gone.
This particular clock emits a soft ticking sound, a subtle yet incessant reminder of this movement that quite literally paces and defines our lives. I often focus on that sound, wondering if I'm the only idiot who does this.
There are no guarantees around how much of it we get. Some of us get more, or less, than others. For some, their time is wrapped in the sweet fog of a life well lived. For others, not so much. Precisely how much time we've been gifted is never up to us. Nor can we always determine whether that time is charmed - we can't control what happens to us, after all, only how we respond to it.
Within that realm of control, how we choose to spend our time is entirely up to us, as is who we spend it with. Despite what your parents might have taught you, there are no rights or wrongs when it comes to using your time. If you're spending it with people who touch your soul, and you feel better for having done so, then you're on the right track. Any other outcome and you have some thinking - and changing - to do.
Because that thing over there is still ticking.
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