The tiny infant cuddled in the warmth of the cradle becomes a cute toddler who runs after butterflies and rainbows. No sooner do the fairy tales and pranks of school days get over than the carefree lad blossoms into an exquisite youth when the heart leaps up to pluck the stars. The stress, storm and strife and manhood transforms him from within and without until one sad day the mirror acquaints him with his ‘Other self’- ‘grey hair, sunken eyes and trembling hands’ and he shockingly realizes that ‘shadows of the evening steal across the sky’. What about the rosy dreams waiting to find expression, the plans left halfway, the promises to be kept, the words of lover never spoken and the aspiration to reach the starts? Seeing the shattered dreams, lost hopes and barren regrets, his heart wails, “If only I get a second chance” But life is insensitive and does not give us a second chance. We happen to pass through this way but once.
A hurdle race from the womb to the tomb-if we may choose to describe life-compels us to question ourselves, have we extracted all the joys, the Maker intended us to, out of life? Time slips out of our hands even before we realize it. In this journey of life one has to be always alert to seize opportunities and learn from mistakes.
Money is man’s dearest possession. Money can buy almost every material comfort and security which is again an integral part of life. In the same way careful use of time can make our future. How many precious lives and promising careers have been wasted and ruined only because they cared more for the false pleasures of the world and in the process they missed the track that would have led them forward.
Using time wisely will ring out the old and false and ring in new and nobler modes of life. I strongly believe “If you waste time, time will waste you; if you honour time, time will honour you.”
Some people always complain that they have no time to do the things they always wanted to do. You will never get time for doing something, you will have to find time; change your priorities and adjust your schedule. Trials and tribulations form an integral part of life. It is not help but obstacles, not facilities but difficulties that make men.
It is not only during exams that we must use our time wisely but throughout life because life is our greatest Test-the Mother of all exams. The innocent child had sublime pleasures and he rejoices in the kind and princesses of the fairy tales while the excited youth seeks for the princess in his real life and lovers the challenge. The adult has more mature commitments while old age looks across the memory lane with tears either of satisfaction or regrets. Each phase of life demands duty and has a charm of its own. The basket is in your hands, whether to pluck flowers or gather thorns depends on you.
This is a guest post by Novemberschild who blogs at My Writing Workshop.
About her: A social media nut, freelance writer, blogger, creative thinker, editor, fashion addict. She has shaped her world according the developments in the vagaries of her own life. She is obsessed about movies; hates grammatical errors; loves Chinese food.
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