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I recently watched a movie titled In Time. It stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. So, as not to ruin the whole movie for you, the plot is basically that everyone has a timer implanted on their arm. This timer is the countdown until the day that you die. Someone wealthy can essentially live forever and someone with less money may only have 30 minutes left on their clock. There are ways to earn time, such as working. If you would like to purchase a cup of coffee it takes some time off of the clock. If you would like to use public transport, time falls off of your clock, etc. Instead of money, the people deal in time.
( Here is a link if you would like to pick up a copy of the movie for yourself. In Time movie on Amazon )
To me the awakening part of this movie is the fact that even though we do not work and purchase with time, we absolutely do. Granted if I don’t show up to work or earn more money I am not going to drop dead as soon as I run out, but it is still comparable in many ways. Often times when I go to buy something I think about how much money I make an hour and how many hours of my life it would cost me to have the item that I am interested in. I have found that I opt to pass on many things when I apply this thought process to something I want.
Recently in my own life I have began to feel very overloaded. I work a full time job. I have business that travels in the summer. I am a wife and a mother, and as we all know, that takes up a tremendous amount of your time all on its own. Sometimes I spend so much time working that I do not have any time to enjoy anything at all. I have had to pass on doing things with friends and family as I had work related things that I needed to do. So in feeling that way, what am I really doing? What am I giving up that I know is ultimately more important to me?
Luckily, I do love what I do, but sometimes it is very time consuming. Do I feel satisfied if I am unable to find the time to enjoy myself because I am too busy? No not really. Sadly, there are and have been several times when I had no choice as I need the money. When compared, the cost of living, quality of life and the value of money are very different things for a lot of people. It can be very hard finding the right balance.
What sacrifices do we make that are worth it, and which ones are not?
How do you find balance?