Opinion: Let time be on your side

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Commentary by Jim Serger

If you told me Jennifer Aniston’s movie debut also is voted her worst role ever taken—I would believe you. Time is a comical thing to contemplate. We want it to speed up and/or slow down. We want it to be Friday on Monday, we want it to be summer instead of winter, we want it to be the end of the school year or we want to hurry up and be 16.

There are 1,440 minutes in a day, or 525,600 minutes in a year. That is a slew of minutes. Ever stare at a clock? Seems as if time slows to almost a complete stop. But if you’re out on a good date, time just seems to fly by. Where did the time go?

On March 12 we will spring forward our clocks—we will lose one hour of sleep. Not really, we gain it back Nov. 5. So in retrospect we just break even. We get excited about the word spring. It means: outside, windows open, bike rides, the scent of cut grass, the scent of new mulch, the sounds of birds, kids playing off in the distance and of course, golf and baseball.

In the film “Leprechaun,” this little green guy is hunting for his gold, and he’s not going to let anyone stand in his way of discovering it. A very silly film, but a role the young Jennifer Aniston had to take. Father Time holds an hourglass for us all. Time will pass, but what we do with our time is up to us.  So we lose an hour—but we gain daylight.

Forward and onward we go; spring forward will be here soon, as well as the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day. But as we wait patiently, time will pay us back. Through effort, hard work, commitment and grit, we can actually make time work for us. Some things do happen in an instant. Others worth waiting for do require time.

March 17 is right around the corner. Think about this for a second. We never would have heard of Rachel Green had Jennifer said “no” to the silly role. Life is about doing something today with our time, and tomorrow we will thank ourselves for doing it. Time, it’s all relative if we don’t make first-class use of it. Use it to your advantage, and your life will grow in a pot-of-gold.

Jim Serger is a Carmel resident and author.

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