This morning I came across this amazing and well written article, The Dawn Wall And The Idea of ‘Wasting Time’, about the negative comments after Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson completed the climb of El Capitan following the Dawn Wall route in Yosemite National Park. Pessimism flowed in on the internet that they were doing it for fame or that they could have been doing something more productive or meaningful with their time.
“Well, OK, what’s an acceptable way to spend your time, instead of climbing the Dawn Wall? Would it make us feel better to see Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson sitting next to us in traffic on Monday morning? Should they have sat down and watched all the seasons of Game of Thrones consecutively? Spent some days at one of those drink-wine-while-you-learn-to-paint classes? Done their part to contribute to the 3 billion hours we spend playing video games each week? Maybe replied to all the Internet comments concerning their climb?” -Brendan, author of the article
Not only did I find this absolutely inspiring but I was reminded of a quote from the book Elite Minds by Dr. Stan Beecham, a sports psychology book that I just finished reading cover to cover for the fourth time.
“What is more valuable to you, your stuff or your time? Be honest. Would you move into a smaller house so you could spend more time with your kids? Would you drive a used car in order to travel to the places you always wanted to go? Unfortunately, most of us value our stuff more than we value our time.” -Dr. Stan Beecham
For the many people including myself, who are not getting paid to do what we are die-hard passionate about or have the financial means to do exactly what we want at the moment, how we spend our free time is crucial to fervidly live the life we deeply want.
A lot of people will say that they don’t have enough time to do something but the reality is that they actually do. They just choose to spend it in front of the TV or playing on their cell phones.
Outside of the obligations of work, take a look at how you spend your free time. Maybe keeping a log for a few days will help. You might find things that you spend too much time on that you didn’t realize before.
We all love doing a certain thing. If you haven’t found that passion, never stop looking for it. But if you know what you love and want to do it more, make sure your free time is dedicated to that passion(s) so you can maximize the potential of getting the most out of that passion(s).
Don’t let distractions hold you back from doing what you desire.
We get one chance at life. It could end at any moment. And when that moment comes don’t be filled with deep regret, when your life flashes in front of you, that you didn’t follow a passion or do something you have always wanted to do.
I don’t think when people are on their death beds that they wished they had watched more Youtube videos or spent more time watching reruns of Friends.
Make sure your free time is time well spent, not wasted away.
“How you spend your time will dictate what you ultimately become.” -Dr. Stan Beecham
*Featured image is of Kevin Jorgeson climbing the Dawn Wall of El Capitan. Photo by Corey Rich Productions