August 27, 2018

Your Time

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Sam Garner

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Right after the first tap on your back from the doctor, on the very initial moments when you are born: Your countdown runs. We are all equal when it comes to this topic. Women, men, white, black, from here and there… No one has control over that timer. Time will pass. You can’t stop or reverse it. It seems indiscriminate, though the game of life has some rules.

There are also other things you can’t influence. For instance, the place of birth is out of your control. You can claim against your parents for that. Nevertheless, you cannot do anything about it. Whether being native to the states, the Middle East, China, Africa, whether born in a rich or poor family; it does not matter. You will never get to choose where and how you are born.

Now, you will find yourself in the middle of a game. Let us compare it with a PCgame to make it easier to understand. The first 13 years of your life will pass learning the environment and the rules of the game. You feel like they pass very slowly. You want to grow up faster. You want to rush into the game. You have all the guts that tell you, you are ready. You sense it will be fun. The question is, are you really that prepared? No matter poor or rich; you are facing the same circumstances. Do not make a mistake.

Let’s take a look at the game conditions. The time is running. You believe you know everything you have to know. You have seen many things. You watch out for competitors. You realize your idols; people who inspire you. And bang, the race starts!

After the first two years, you will realize that it’s harder than you thought. Everybody will face hard times. There are no exceptions. The question is, who will persist?

At the first or second difficulty in your life, you start to blame. You blame the circumstances, your family, your environment, friends… Everyone is guilty except you. You are totally unaware of that everybody is facing the same kind of difficulty. Every individual is in his or her game. Everyone has his/her own race.

Whatever you do, beware that your time is running.

In the first view, you only get to notice some celebrities and successful people. People who are enjoying their lives, those who have won their race. You think that God has given them a special gift or there are just lucky or whatever reason… you’re just jealous and you strive for the same. You are looking at people who find themselves on top of a mountain and say: well they have fun.

What you don’t see is the whole way towards that top; the struggle and hard work behind that success. Climbing a big mountain can be quite breathtaking but you rarely see the hard part. Just take a look at bios of some Celebs. I just picked some randomly. You might want to add and you can go ahead with your own list:

1- Michael Jordan – He was detached from the varsity basketball team in his sophomore year.

2- Charlize Throne – In 1991, the Oscar-winning actress watched as her mother, Gerda Maritz, killed her father Charles after he pulled a gun on the pair after returning home drunk.

3- Cristiano Ronaldo – Raised in a poor family, Ronaldo was brought up in a modest but honest way and has described his childhood as being one derived from luxuries.

The youngest of four children, Ronaldo soon revealed the talent for football and little interest in education. “I wasn’t interested in school. I was expelled after I threw a chair at the teacher”.

4- Steve Jobs – Started his career in his garage and he got fired from his own company in 1985

5- Usain Bolt – The triple Olympic gold medalist was raised in Trelawny Parish, in a village as primitive as they come. With no street lights and limited running water, walking through Sherwood Content is like going back in time, where old men ride donkeys, children gather at the village tap to fill buckets of water and everybody waves at passing cars.

6- Leonel Messi – “When I was 11 years old they discovered that I had a growth hormone deficiency and I had to start a treatment to help me to grow. Every night I had to stick a needle into my legs, night after night after night, every day of the week, and this over a period of three years. I was so small, they said that when I went onto the pitch, or when I went to school, I was always the smallest of all. This went on until I finished the treatment and then I started to grow up properly”.

7- Jack Ma – Ma wasn’t a particularly good student. He was lousy at math and twice flunked a test to get accepted into what he later described as the “worst university” in his hometown. “When I graduated, I was the only one of 500 students assigned to teach at a university. My pay was 100 to 120 renminbi, which is like $12 to $15 per month.

8- Mark Zuckerberg – “Everyone was gone…I felt alone…I felt like an impostor, a 22-year-old kid who didn’t know how the world worked.” Today, Zuckie’s net worth is estimated at roughly $72 billion.

And counting…

Bottom line

Those bios tell us that everyone’s life is filled with complexities and hardship. The only variable that differs people is the level of endurance they demonstrate in harsh times. Lasting, struggling and fighting for a cause is what sets us apart. Even a dead fish can swim downstream.

Whatever you do, time is steadily running by. The only thing what matters is how you spend it. If you are about to start something today, you are one step further than yesterday. Once old, looking back all those years you left behind, you might regret the things you could have done. But this is not going to help anymore. You better start doing something instead of remorse; even if it’s hard for you.

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