Time flies, we all know it.
And the older we get, the faster it goes by. In some cases, we use it as an excuse not to do certain things. We’d like to try out new things, or pick up on some left out projects, but we just don’t have time for it.
A couple of years back, when I started blogging, I decided to learn Danish. It seemed like a silly idea for a lot of people around me, since it would be of little use in my daily life, but I didn’t care about what they thought. It was quite a challenge, though, Danish being complicated and with no school offering Danish classes here in Quebec.
But it didn’t stop me, and with the help of Babbel and Duolingo, I worked hard and I got to the point where I could communicate simple informations and understand stuff like restaurant menus, and train station indications. Not anywhere near “fluent”, but I had good basics.
Then, I let myself believe that I didn’t have time for it anymore. I stopped practicing on both websites, and let time fly by. And even if I really believed that I was short on time, I missed it. I still want to someday be able to hold a conversation with a Dane, or watch my favorite Danish movies without subtitles.
Yesterday I had a flash, while playing Candy Crush.
The tv was on, the Babbel ads were nagging me, and I had a flash.
I don’t usually play online games. Candy Crush is just an addictive puzzle game I am really good at, and that let’s me put my brain in “off” mode. When I start playing, it can easily suck half, or even a whole hour of my time away. An full hour swapping candies up and down, or left and right.
And I thought “Hey! Why not take this wasted time, and use it to start learning again?” I closed my Candy Crush window, opened Babbel (wondering if I’d even remember my password) and went through a couple of lessons.
And I plan to do the same as often as I can. When I feel like playing a little, I’ll just go on Babbel or Duolingo, and learn a few new words, or practice for a while. If I really want to learn Danish (and I do) I will succeed (and I will).
I have time for it.
I am sure you too spend some time doing something useless in your daily routine. Wether it is watching pointless tv shows, playing useless games or anything else, there is always a little time that can be spared.
If you have a dream, or a passion that you have put on the back burner, giving yourself the excuse that you don’t have time… Claim that wasted time back, and make it happen! Because at the end of the road, you’ll be more sorry for not reaching your goals than not achieving level 600!
Unless your dream is to rock at Candy Crush. In that case, just keep playing! Mouahahaha