If you see a person throwing away his hard-earned money in a river, you will call him crazy.
But if the same person throws away his precious time in shallow activities, you perhaps wouldn't call him crazy at least.
In fact, most of us go through some phases in life where we waste a lot of our time in unnecessary and useless things.
Does that mean we put more value for money than time?
Some people perhaps think like that.
But even a child has this idea that money is limitless. There is no fixed amount about how much can you earn.
You can probably earn 100 fold more than what you are thinking now.
But is time limitless?
Time is finite right. You have a limited amount of time on earth.
Therefore, if time is so limited then how should we spend our time?
For centuries, wise people have pondered upon this.
Seneca, a Roman philosopher was one such wise person.
According to him, time is just like money (and more valuable than money).
No matter how much money you give to a person who doesn't have any financial knowledge, he can never accumulate wealth.
He will spend money poorly.
On the contrary, give some money to a wise person and he can bring more money with that money.
Time is also the same.
Life is not short in that sense.
How you choose to spend your time will decide, how short or long your life will be.
Time is like a flowing river. You can not stop its flow but you can make use of the water of the river.
Some people make most of that water while some just throw that water thinking they have plenty of it.
With each passing time, you are creating memories. Some people have more good memories while some have bad.
Talk with some old people of 70 or 80 years old sometimes.
Try to know what goes on their minds.
People at the end of their life think about their life in retrospect.
They ponder on what kind of memories they have created.
Good memories lead to a good life. Bad memories lead to a bad life.
So what is the right way to invest your time?
Pursue the truth in everything.
Seneca believed that everything fades away except the truth.
Don't live a fake life just to impress others.
The best activities are those which are timeless.
In today's consumerist world, everyone knows what's best for you except you yourself.
Don't fall in the trap of them.
Every time you decide to spend your time on something, ask yourself a question
"Will this be relevant or of any use in the next 1 to 5 years?'
If not then don't waste your time.
Nobody will die for you, therefore, live a life true to yourself.
Charles Darwin understood this and hence said-
"A man who dares to waste an hour of time has not discovered the value of his life."