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Waiting Time? Or Wasting Time?

Endless Time

The abstract concept we call time is a funny thing.

We all know what it is. We all struggle to define, explain and actually understand it.

The same applies to the idea of wasting time. We experience it, but often can’t really describe it.

That’s why this excerpt from an article on ‘Mind Pickings‘ about waiting, with quotes from Jason Farman‘s book, caught my eye:

“Waiting points to our desires and hopes for the future; and while that future may never arrive and our hopes may never be fulfilled, the act of reflecting on waiting teaches us about ourselves. The meaning of life isn’t deferred until that thing we hope for arrives; instead, in the moment of waiting, meaning is located in our ability to recognize the ways that such hopes define us.”

Jason Farman, in ‘Delayed Response

And it embarked upon an intriguing explanation about the concept of time itself.

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Wasted Time

Wasted Time

I waste time. We all do.

It started long back.

Back when I was in school, I wasted time reading tons of storybooks, watching entire cricket test matches, and mindless TV shows.

In college, I wasted time on friends who’d turn up late (or were ‘no shows’), or for long queues to move, or dull and boring lectures to end.

Later, as an Assistant Professor, I wasted time in administrators’ waiting rooms, or complying with a 8-to-2 routine – even when there was no work to do.

As a professional, I wasted time because surgeries got cancelled or postponed, patients showed up late for appointments, or traffic slowed to a crawl.

These days, I waste time playing chess online, watching movies, or reading blogs.

Looking back, here’s the difference.

For most of my life, I’ve wasted time because of other people – or things they wanted or expected me to do.

When I was much younger (and now, when I’m much wiser), I only waste time doing what I want to.

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