TEA Talk: Taking Advantage Of Time
K: At first I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go in the direction of this post. The issue of time has been on both Brandon’s and my own mind a lot lately. We’re constantly asking ourselves: what are we doing, what is important right now, and how are we using our time? We’ve been conscious with social media (and even did a little detox last week) and conscious with our precious hours in the evening, making sure that we don’t waste lots of time by watching too much TV or just letting minutes go by.
I think the realization came to us when we were walking our neighborhood one night, enjoying the cool breeze in the air and the pink skies of a sunset. Especially in Texas, we have minimal time for fall and just a short window of what I consider to be ideal weather. Winter will soon arrive, and with that comes shorter days, less daylight, and temperatures that sometimes prevent us from doing all of the outdoor activities that we want. All of that to say, we are focused on enjoying our current time right now in this particular season. We want to maximize every minute and check off items from our bucket list. We’ve challenged ourselves to make plans, book reservations, and soak up the time that we have.
A lot of this is easier said than done, because who doesn’t get distracted by Instagram or their favorite TV show at night? But it’s something that we’re placing as a priority, hoping to get better at it every day. So often, we make excuses that prevent us from doing the things that we love or focusing on our true priorities. Brandon and I don’t want to get caught up in the meaningless things of this season and what’s to come. Anyone relating with us on this? I think I honestly needed to just write out these emotions as a reminder of what we’re aiming for and to take advantage of time that we have right now. Fall is fleeting. Visit that pumpkin patch (twice now for us), allow yourself to slowly drink your morning coffee, accomplish that one thing that’s been on your list for a month, book the trip you’ve been planning…the list could go on. I think what I’m trying to say is that now is the time to take action. Don’t wait for an excuse; just do it. It’s easy to sit around and say that it’s not a good time or you’re not ready for something yet, but we’re quickly realizing that those are just excuses.
After taking the weekend to just relax, disconnect, and focus on each other, I’m reminded at how infrequently we do this in our modern age. I like to think that Brandon and I are pretty good at planning a date night and making sure that we schedule intentional time; but with that being said, it’s still easy to wish away the season. Like many, we’re excited for the next thing to come and look forward to it, whatever that may be. I think the point of my rambling is to say that we should focus on where we are now. Enjoy the moment, soak up the time, and don’t wish it away for the next season or activity.