As long as there’s a today, there’s time.
“We’re running out of time.”
I felt like such a hypocrite. The advice and discussion we had next was about making time and was just as much for me as it was for her. Time was the emotional straw on the weary camel’s back. After weeks of trekking to Target, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Apple, you name the store, we could’ve been mayors. If only we checked in. But we were busy checking the final boxes off the “Official Guide for Incoming Freshman” — time was not on it.
We wished for super powers to stop time. Just for a while, just for us. I’d let the 24/7 world be. She’d cancel her plans and we’d collapse in our Illinois gear to watch “LOST” re-runs. Maybe Faraday could conjure up a formula that would prevent her from leaving home and me from joining another milestone club before year-end.
But the super powers were never granted. Time did not stop and the world kept on spinning. The deadline came and she was ready. When we arrived at the dorm it was such an incredible feeling to see her gleaming with excitement. I admit I was ready too but I’d be lying if I didn’t also admit that my emotions were scrambled beyond description. But I somehow maintained focus on all the good stuff and when it came time for goodbyes, I walked away with the memory of adventure in her eyes.
The Value of Time and Social Space
You could say I’ve paused more than once to reflect on our life-changing events throughout the year. If you noticed the subtle rebellion against social media above – it’s because I wanted more time. As both an advocate and recovering addict of the space, I know all too well how much time can be spent and the cost it can carry.
I don’t care if you’re a newbie, early adopter or veteran pro, 2.0 demands time, focus and energy to multitask through panels and channels of updates, replies, DMs, chats, #searches, lists, readers, blogs, docs, apps, add-ons, posts, postscript, vids, comments, bots and analytics – all before 7am.
Multitasking is accelerated to power-tasking and when the day is done, recaps need to be streamed (never while driving of course), the homeward bound tweet what’s for dinner, twitpics of the latest are uploaded and then time to head off for some R&R — with the laptop. If dining out is on the agenda, you’ve got a badge to unlock and upload to the nearest satellite waiting to gobble up the exabytes. Sleep? It’s overrated, oh, but please do check to see if any humans in your life need you and remember to look for any pets you thought you owned.
What I’m trying to say is: take a break if you need it. If you ever find yourself worrying whether or not your friends will be there for you when you return, re-examine those titles. I’ve been lucky enough to have met and developed a wonderful network of friends I care deeply for yet, I have the highest respect for those who maintain, appreciate and value time spent in real life.
One Hundred Years From Now
It won’t matter how many followers I had on Twitter,
The influence of my social graph, or the conversations made from SEO.
It won’t matter what my avatar looked like, how many likes I received on
Facebook or if I achieved LION status on LinkedIN.
It might matter however, if I chose to spend time in the real world every now and then,
Making a difference in the life of a child, friend, family member or complete stranger.