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I’m afraid of wasting time. I don’t like to waste a single second doing things that are useless, inefficient, don’t serve any purpose and might not be worth my efforts. I want to experience as much as possible during the time I was granted access to the game we call life. So I don't want to waste time.
After all, my time here is limited and the game could be over every day.
Unfortunately there’s a pretty huge twist to this approach. While trying to optimize our time and get as much out of this life as possible we miss out on some of the best experiences out there.
We are constantly afraid that the effort we put into doing something new and unknown might not be worth it at the end of the day. Hence, we start to get afraid of trying out new things. We believe that we might fail and waste a hell lot of time. So we just don’t do it.
We think about it over and over again but never start doing. And that’s when we actually already started wasting time. We waste time thinking about it over and over again. We waste time not starting things. Not creating things.
We are afraid that we might fail at starting that business. We are afraid that the new dish at our favorite Italian restaurant might not be as good as our favorite dish there. So we don’t give the new dish a try. The relationship with that girl might get complicated, so we don’t call her back.
In the end we’ll fail anyways. So we stick to the things we already know and keep on dreaming about that idea we had in mind, that new girl and other missed opportunities in life. And the worst part about it:
Thinking about it over and over again negatively influences our current mood, our performance at our current job, our current life situation and other very important things. We live in between two worlds. Our dream world and the real world.
Everything we do, we just do it 50%. The other 50% are spent on dreaming. And that’s when we are wasting a hell lot of time. We never fully commit to anything in life. We only do things half-heartedly.
We don't try out new things. Instead we stay passive and prefer to dream about things. We’re afraid that in the end our efforts are worth nothing. We analyze things over and over again, only to figure out that the risk of failing is just too high.
We don’t want to waste time. It’s the only thing we have.
But who’s really able to predict whether or not something will really be worth it anyways? In the end some things we assumed to be a waste of time turned out to be a blessing, whereas some things we would never have assumed to be a waste of time turned out to be a waste of time.
After all, there is no real wasting time. Only by trying out new things and failing will we really learn things, right?
Even if no one will read this blog post it won’t be a waste of time. I learned a lot about myself, alternative roads and directions which I didn’t necessarily see before yet.
So it’s actually not by trying out new things and failing that we will waste time, but by thinking about it over and over again and never taking action.
The moment you ask yourself whether or not you’re going to fail and waste time you actually already started wasting time…