The current generation repeatedly claiming “time is a commodity” is the single biggest culprit of the record levels of depression and anxiety today. It was supposed to empower people and instead it did the opposite.
Time is not a commodity. Commodities you can horde. Commodities you can exchange. You’re so adverse to this idea of exchanging time for money right? Time isn’t something you can exchange for anything. You can’t buy more time. It sucks to hear that I know, but the good news is you can’t loose it either. That’s really good news.
So if time is not a commodity just what the hell is it? It’s not really anything.
When you stop looking at time as a commodity you remove it’s power over your happiness. It creates a void in your mental space. In a good way. When you aren’t focused on how to spend time you can focus on just existing. It’s crazy how empowering that is once you grasp it.
You simply are. Because you are conscious, you exist. Because you are conscious you are. You won’t always be this way. At some point consciousness ends. You die, but right now you are alive.
You don’t have to have this anxious feeling that you have to exchange time to be something. Whatever you want to be you are because your consciousness dictates it, not because you have traded time to become that.
(Just to be clear my definition of consciousness here is your interpretation of the present moment based on every previous experience in your life.)
You have zero control over the past and zero control over the future. You only have control over the present and in the present, time has no power. The only thing that is important in your life is what you are doing right now.
“You have zero control over the past and zero control over the future. You only have control over the present and in the present, time has no power.”
Your past might put you somewhere you didn’t want to be. Tough shit. You can’t change that. Something in the future could change your life forever. You could get that phone call that takes you from zero to hero. Or it might not happen. You can’t say for sure. You can take a guess, but there’s no guarantees. The only thing that is certain is that you are here now. That leaves only one question, what are you going to do right now?