• Catalina Martinez P

Is time the one who makes you happy today?

Human beings always try to divide the enormous complement, time, into little limited pieces like seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, which are actually a whole. And our lives, are very little parts of it. Every day we get 24 hours, and every person usually gets the freedom to utilise those 24 hours differently. As we all know, time is an imminent part of our lives.

And we often come across a well known phrase ‘Either you run the day, or the day runs you’. It is rightly said because each and every moment in our life is time. Anything that passes and never comes back is very important and time is one of those valuable treasures.

What is time: Earlier in the days, it was difficult to manage time because there was no such equipment to determine the time, all our ancestors did was predict the time based on sunrise and sunset.


Most physicists agreed that time had a beginning, and that it is measured from The Big Bang some 13.8 billion years ago. They also agree that time is one of the most difficult properties of our universe to understand. Even in the most modern and complex physical models, time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future. Clearly time is not an object or substance we can touch or see. But neither is it merely a dimension, quantity or a concept. Indeed, time has many aspects and appears to represent different things to different people in different circumstances. What is time for me:

Growing up in a Colombian family, time was not a priority. By this I mean, for example if we were invited for dinner or a birthday party at 6 pm, we were not rushed to be on time. It could possibly happen that at 6 pm we would start getting ready and end up arriving around 7:30 - 8 pm. On the other hand, we would always find the right excuse to always be late. If you were catching up for a coffee with your friend and you were running 30 mins late, you would always find an excuse to blame it in someone else and not on your lack of planning, of course. Excuses like, oh my god! you have no idea the traffic jam I got into it was just insane, or... As I was heading out I couldn't find the keys of my car and you have no idea how long it took me to find them...

So for my first 18 years of my life, I lived in a world where time was not a priority at all. Later on, in Uni I got a teacher who was quiet demanding with punctuality, he would close the classroom door at 3 pm on the dot when the class started, and no one who was running few minutes late would be able to get in. It sounded so extreme at the beginning but this started making me think, how I could lose opportunities in life for not even caring about time. Next in life, I came to Australia to study and decided to work in hospitality, babysit, and intern at SBS radio, because I wanted to save money to travel. Fun part, I still needed to keep it up with my studies and wouldn't wanted to miss the party’s. At some points it felt unbalanced and crazy at others it was fair to work hard and play hard. Although I felt sometimes not the best at managing my time it was these great scenarios that brought me to a really interesting conclusion that I now call the magic combination.

Magic combination: To get to this conclusion I did some interesting calculations. First I realised that up to today I have lived 10,603 days oh my god! that sounds a lot, this also means around 254,472 hours! :O

The following questions came to my head: Have I invested all my time wisely? What percentage of this time has gone into my personal development, my health, my family and friends, my finance and so on... Have I wasted my time in something, someone, or somewhere? And a lot of voices started yelling in my head until the loudest one of all said Catalina! Remember you promised yourself to never make any day of your life the same as the previous one and you have forbidden yourself to fall into this cycle of eat sleep work repeat...

So what is it that I am doing with the time of my life? Everyone get your calculators ready please Hahaha A week has 168 hrs and this is how I spend them in average:

49 hrs of sleep

38 hrs at my job 12 hrs for friends and boyfriend 11 hrs eating 10 hrs freelancing 10 hrs commuting 9 hrs relaxing 9 hrs to workout 6 hrs planning (wedding, next travels, catch ups)

4 hrs learning Norwegian 2 hrs toastmasters - public speaking skills 2 hrs meal prepping my week meals 1 hr into managing my finance And still 5 hrs free to start implementing some reading, writing and possibly meditation? So after revealing my magical combination I would like to invite you all to think on how you are spending those 168 hrs a week and if that is what is making you happy today?

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