This year has been the year of life change. I got engaged, I started a new business and I’ve expanded my network. I’m in the stage of life where things are changing in the most serious way. I’m no longer in any sense of the word a teenager, I’m almost past the point of being labeled young person and to boot I’m in my late twenties.
Now I know what people say when they tell me “the older you get the faster time flies”. Time certainly is moving and I’m more aware of how finite this life truly is.
Because of that, I’m also realizing how important our time truly is. Time is something you can’t buy back, time is something you have no control over, time is something that has a beginning and an end….time is a law of the universe that is inevitable. So because of that you bet I’ve been really re-evaluating how I spend my time, the people I spend my time with the time I spend on things that matter forever and the things that I waste time on that in the end are meaningless.
Arguing with people over the internet and tearing people down is meaningless.
Oh but I didn’t always think this way. No no, there was a time where I pretty much used my social media platform to debate and to argue, there was a time where I had to have the last word. Heck there are times where I still do it. There are things I say to the world via internet that I just want to delete. Things that I say that I think to myself “Tim, you are an idiot for posting that”. Yeah, I know the taste of my foot all too well.
But as the saying goes you reap what you sow and frankly the past few months what I’ve been reaping I really don’t like. People say things to me about me or my life choices and they say it while hiding in front of a screen. For a little while I was offended and hurt until it dawned on me….who did I hurt? who did I offend? What did I say to someone in front of a screen that really cut them deep that I never knew about?
Reality check Tim Whitaker..you can be a jerk. Ouch.
But it’s true. I can be a jerk, I have been a jerk and I’m done wasting my time trying to prove people right or wrong over a medium that really doesn’t allow that to happen anyway.
So as I thought about that…I started to then think about real life. I started wondering who or what I’ve said to people that i meant as a joke that maybe that person didn’t take as a joke. Now, I realize that the past is the past and you can’t change it. I also can’t think of a specific time or place where I said something to someone that I thought could be hurtful but I know there are times where I did. Once again, Tim you can be a jerk.
I started a new business this year. One that is very heavy on self development and the mindset you carry with you throughout your day. I’ve realized that supporting the people in your life and encouraging them to be better people is a much better way of living your life than tearing people down via social media or in front of other people.
And so begins a new intentionality of sorts. So begins the hard work of changing mindsets that don’t always want to be changed. But one things for sure, this is certainly a better way to live