Why is it that I would fret over money wasted on buying a cheap gadget but not even flinch when wasting time idling or watching television? After all, money can be made, over and over. But time is irreplaceable and, moreover, finite.
Is it because I have little money but lots of time? If that were the case, I should work. You know getting myself a job and trading my time for money. But then again, the work may not be worth of my time. So which is more valuable, time or money? Answer to such questions depends on what I value and when.
Back in school days, I had lots of free time but little money. Life then was no frill but fun. I spent plenty of time wondering around places, seeing things, and observing people. They were mostly free except for my time. Which I had plenty.
Once I joined the workforce, the pendulum swung the other way. I was busy working and earning money but not having a whole lot of free time. Because I traded a chunk of my time everyday for work. And the money I earned afforded me material possessions (or more frills). But I seemed spent less time with them.
Now coming full circle into my retirement, I realize that grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Being there, and done that. Truth be told, my values as well as my needs evolved over time. What more valuable to me now are the irreplaceable’s. Be it memories or experiences. They are what I devote my efforts, time or money, now-a-days.
How about you? What do you value?