Writing full-time would be a dream come true for me. I want to be able to write articles that showcase events, work on academic modules, create short novels or perhaps even come up with a short manga series—but I know I have to take it one step at a time.
Now, if I had all the time in the world, there are the things I would like to do more of with my time, and I think they would be something others can also do to grow:
1. Spend time with friends and loved ones
There’s nothing like spending quality time with the people closest to your heart. I only get to sit down with my family once a week, and, admittedly, it gets lonely. Right now, my commute is a nerve-wracking 5 hours and 30 minutes a day (back and forth), but it’s a small and temporary price to pay for not living alone in an unfamiliar place.
2. Do arts and crafts
I would love to have the time to try different art techniques and mediums, and even try my hand at being part of an exhibit. We were blessed with hands to work with and make beautiful things to share with the world. Even if you think that you don’t have the natural talent or knack for the arts, there are always classes and workshops you can join to discover what you’re good at! If it’s not the arts and crafts, engage in activities that allow you to explore your creativity.
3. Take up something you’ve always been interested in
One of my dreams is to go back to school to and officially study music (major in voice, minor in piano). Do something that you’ve always wanted to try. You don’t want to grow old and weary, thinking of what-ifs.
4. Volunteer or teach
They say that service to others is the price you pay for your room here on earth. In order to give back, I like to volunteer and teach. For me, these two go hand-in-hand, because these are things I enjoy doing “for free”. I do not mind not being paid for teaching because it is something I genuinely enjoy doing- sharing knowledge with others.
5. Get involved in physical activity
We were made to move and be active, not stagnant. Try a sport or activity that fits your lifestyle. It could be something less intense like yoga or something hardcore like crossfit. Swimming, dancing, and biking are something I’ve taken interest in because I do not want to be confined to a gym. I also want to be able to go places and check out different groups and disciplines in my favorite activities. Besides, I always have this need to move, or else I cannot sleep. And speaking of sleep…
6. Get enough sleep
Despite all the activities we do each day, we need to learn how to slow down and find time to have proper rest. I truly dislike how essential this is, and yet it is the one thing that suffers first when a day has a demanding schedule. I cannot be at my 100% if I do not get my complete eight hours. Then again, if we did have more time in a day, I bet we will need the proportional number of hours for a complete recovery!
I have actually wished we had more than 24 hours in a day, but I guess that would also change our perception of time. Most likely, it would be the same, just proportional: longer working hours, longer need to sleep, and we will still be fantasizing over having more time to spend to do things we love.
That said, once I get my feet back on the ground, I am left with the realities that: (1) Without exception, we all have 24 hours in a day, and it is up to us how to spend them; (2) Time waits for no one; and (3) our time here is short compared to eternity.
So get up, show up, and put your best foot forward.