Does time exist? Answer that question for yourself right now. I know you have an opinion.
So does it? How do you define time?
A common and simple definition for most is: the measure of days between your birth and death. That is the amount of time you have to affect our world.
Einstein made the whole question more complicated. He theorized that time and space were one thing and were completely relative to your position in the universe, speed, and gravity.
Time passes slower for objects moving at a faster speed, according to time dilation.
Light moving past a large body, such as a galaxy, is warped by its gravity and arrives to different viewers at different times. You can see the light that left a distant star a billion years ago at this moment. A viewer in another spot in the universe sees that same light at another time entirely.
So what is time?
It’s too big a question. I’m not an astrophysicist. I’m a businessman. I’m only asking you to view time differently.
I choose to live in an ever-changing present moment. I collect amazing experiences to put into my memory bank. I aspire for my legacy to be a series of wonderful moments and people I positively influenced.
If time is the distance between your birth and death, it can be warped by the gravity of your existence. Your perception of this time will be based on how you react to the situations in your life.
You can live a hundred years and achieve nothing positive. The story of that century will be a short one. You will feel that those years had no mass at all.
You can live a much shorter life but fill it with amazing moments, triumphs over challenges and people you touched. If you have time to reflect just before the end, you will be satisfied with your time. You will perceive it as a giant constellation of days, hours and minutes well spent.
The gravity you produced will remain in the universe long after you have passed. You will be remembered and emulated, multiplying your few decades by the number of lifetimes you influenced.
Ambition for the Future
Everyone has plans for the future: some specific and some general. What are yours?
Do you hope for a vague “better future?” Or do you have distinct items to accomplish and things to attain?
We need ambition. It gives definition to our lives and a reason to have passion. The less ambition you have, the less passion you bring to life.
I propose looking at it differently. Aspire to create a present moment for yourself later on that is better than this present moment. Desire to create a store of amazing events that, when you look upon them later in your life, will make you happy.
Is concern over your legacy a selfish thing? Are you self-conscious about the image you will leave behind? Will your legacy be a group of valuables passed on to your heirs?
Your legacy should be a compilation of amazing moments and influences. It will be the memory of tremendous experiences and the energy remaining in your wake.
How do you structure your life to leave this kind of legacy?
- Do hard things. Challenge yourself to work, learn and create. This will build yourself and prepare you for the extraordinary. Grow a business, learn a trade and become a force.
- Experience things that make you better. Hard work, rigorous training, and strenuous debate will always leave you satisfied. You can always reach back in your memory and know you can do the next thing because you did the last thing.
- Aspire for a better future. Put yourself on the path to continuously have great experiences. Relish them, because in the end you will be built from them. Move about the world and absorb it with a joyous appetite.
Can You Control Time?
Maybe I didn’t disprove the existence of time. But did I make you think differently about your time?
Does it matter the number of years you lived or the things you accumulated? Or is it more important to consider the moments you had and the energy you created?
Forget about time. Don’t worry whether you have minutes or decades remaining.
Do hard things. Have experiences that improve you. Aspire to have a future moment better than this moment right now.
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