Writing full-time would be a dream come true; and taking on Writing 101 and building a daily writing habit is one of my steps to get there. I know there are more things I need to know — my goal is to be able to write articles that showcase events, and academic modules. I also dream of writing short novels or even perhaps a short manga series — but one step at a time, yes?
Now, if I had all the time in the world, these are the things I would like to do more of with my time:
- Spending time with my friends loved ones — I really cannot get enough of this. I only get to sit down with my family once a week, and, admittedly, it gets lonely. Right now, my commute is a nerve-wracking 5 hours and 30 minutes a day (back and forth), but it’s a small (temporary) price to pay for knowing I am not alone in a place. I also want to be there for my friends, especially if they need someone to listen or some bit of advice. That said, I just want more time, period.
- Drawing/Painting — my first love. I would love the time to try different techniques and media, and even try my hand at being part of an exhibit.
- Studying music — one of my dreams is to go back to school to officially study music (major in voice, minor in piano).
- Volunteering/Teaching — these two go hand-in-hand, because these are things I enjoy doing “for free”. I do not mind not being paid for teaching (mostly languages; but I do enjoy sharing what I know about music and ~life~), because it is something I genuinely enjoy giving.
- Physical activity — swimming, dancing, biking; I do not want to be confined to a gym! I want to be able to go places and check out different groups and disciplines in my favorite activities. Besides, I always have this need to move, or else I cannot sleep. And speaking of sleep…
- Sleep — I truly dislike how essential this is, and yet it is the one thing that suffers first when a day has a demanding schedule. I literally cannot be at my 100% if I do not get my complete eight hours. Than again, if we did have more time in a day, I bet we will need the proportional number of hours for a complete recovery!
I have actually wished we had more than 24 hours in a day, but I guess that would also change our perception of time. Most likely, it would just be the same, just proportional: longer working hours, longer need to sleep, and we will still be fantasizing over having more time to spend to do things we love.
That said, once I get my feet back on the ground, I am left with the realities that: (1) Without exception, we all have 24 hours in a day, and it is all up to us how to spend them; (2) Time waits for no one; and (3) our time here is short compared to eternity.
So get up, show up, and put your best foot forward.