I am getting old.
You are getting old.
We are all getting old.
And, I felt this tangibly when recently confronted with a couple of things that were just wasting my time…
One of my goals for the year was to make it through a certain list of classic books before I turn thirty, and one of the books on that list (a list I wrote, by the way) was Gulliver’s Travels. I started to read it years ago, but didn’t finish it, so this year, I decided to try again. You see, I get a little obsessed with wanting to be well-read and even if a book is boring, if it’s also considered a classic, I am determined to read it!
But y’all, I’d rather watch paint dry than read this book. If you’re a huge fan of Swift, my apologies, but I just can’t suffer him. And, to clarify, I am no stranger to the slower pace of classic reads or the more complex language most of them employ…this is different. There is no life for me in reading this book.
And, I am too old to keep trying when there are scads of other books out there that I would actually enjoy reading!
Every day, I get closer to death, and it would be criminal to waste another second on something that brings no value to my life. Yahoos be forsaken, I am crossing Gulliver off my list and replacing him with something else.
A few months ago, I downloaded Snapchat on my phone so that I could see how other people were using it (and also to reserve my company name in case I want it in future). I never actually posted anything, though, and it got to where I was just following the stories of celebrities and reading those “articles” at the top of the home page that keep you “informed” on the day-to-day happenings in the world. Not a day went by that at least one of the articles wasn’t about a Kardashian or two, and most of the other news items were simply icky, if I may use that word, as well as shallow and depressing. After a while, I noticed that just looking at the app in the morning was affecting my mood, and I had to hide it on my phone.
Again, if you love Snapchat, I’m sorry. I know it can be used brilliantly and in such a way that it is both uplifting and God-glorifying, but that’s not what it was for me at the time.
And as we’ve established, the precious moments are slipping by, and I have no time to interact with something that drags me down. Farewell for now, Snapchat!
My encouragement to you friends, is to look about you at the little things that are robbing you of joy and adding no value to your life. Even if they have a beloved place in someone else’s world, this is about what works for you. Discard those annoying lilliputian things now and redeem your time. It is so important, and you will thank yourself later.