Henry David Thoreau once wisely wrote that,
“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”
At best, we can remain conscious of this fact and hopefully remember this lesson when we spend most of our allotted time away from our loved ones, our interests, or our real passions. Who wouldn’t prefer to go on a bike ride, spend time with their children, learn a new skill, or just sit on the banks of a creek? Instead, we rush to work, ignore our better selves, and spend our remaining hours seeking entertainment and distraction. That’s what we were trained to do.
I’ve been there myself. I spent too much time working away from home, living in motels; too many hours in overtime, for what? Even in doing a job I found extremely interesting, I began to resent the time lost from the things I could be doing for myself or my family.
I have no real answers. Just the knowledge that an awareness of the trade-offs may help us budget and balance our short time here on Earth. I know, just another late night ramble so please take this with a grain of salt.
Do good things.