Wishing Time Away, & She Says

Jul 13, 2012 in , , ,

Read on for last week's column article in Niexter, and the She Says article on whether people listen to men or women more from this week.

A couple of years ago, I felt as if time was dragging on endlessly. A week felt like a month, and it seemed to be ages before Christmas would come around again. I remember in particular, when I was aged 10, the week before High School Musical 2 premiered on TV was exceptionally long. When I was younger, time crawled by, but along the way, I realised how short it really was.
Once time started going, it really flew by, and there was nothing I could do about it. There’s no denying I was more than a little scared when I realised that. One minute, I seemed to have time in abundance with my entire high-school life stretching ahead of me, and the next, it was slipping right through my fingers and nearing the end.

There isn’t really anything anyone can do about how slowly or quickly time passes, but we can at least avoid wishing it away. It’s not hard to do this when times are good, but they aren’t always good. Sometimes, it seems easier to just sleep time away and block it out until the bad times pass. The thing is, time is still time. Once it is gone, it is impossible to get back. So we should just soldier on and try to keep a smile on our faces because, whether it seems so or not, time is valuable.

The wisest thing we can do with time is be productive. Do things that are worthwhile and will make you smile when you remember them in the not-too-distant future — things that will bring you a better life later on.

Let’s treat time as precious, and make the most of it. Let’s treasure it, knowing that today is the only“ today“ we’ll ever get. Let’s look to the future without wanting all the time in between to simply disappear. As my uncle who made the trek to the Everest Base Camp reminded me, it’s the journey that counts, not the destination.

Whether men or women are listened to more closely generally depends on their authority with the subject being discussed. For example, people tend to listen to a woman’s advice on, say, whether their new hat looks good, whereas they turn to men when they want to know which computer brands are better.

Of course, this does not apply to everyone, since not all women are concerned with fashion and not all men are armed with good knowledge of computers. It depends largely on individuals, not on a gross generalisation.

It would be wrong to state whether people listen to men or women more since both parties have valid opinions and advice. We have to listen to people regardless of gender and give them equal opportunity to have their say.