Living as Your Own Soul

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
― Gautama Buddha

Undoubtedly, the world will agree to one solid answer when it is being asked the infamous question of the ticking time. Do we, the creatures who live until every second turns to years, until the timeless seem to have aged, until we cease to exist, have enough time? Believe it or not, we have all the time in the world. Every being is given a uniform amount of twenty-four hours to count as a day, - no more, no less. 

So, the real question may be how some are able to fill in their time productively while there are others out there who complain about the insufficiency of the time provided. This topic has been debated for as far as time can tell, but every outcome has a thorn. However, need not to worry, for we may have the final solution to this issue. It simply happens to be time management. Yes, the term itself is redundant yet still pressuring. Coming to think of it, even with the perfect set of time management, - putting a division from academics to extracurricular - is one actually able to manage time to the quint, with every second meticulously utilised? 

The thought of having a well-arranged timetable to follow is indubitably pressuring, especially for maturing students. An average daily cycle of a teenager’s life bears similarly, though terrifyingly, to one another. Waking up at a time ranging from 5am to 7am in the morning, 12 hours spent on an exhausting day of not only straining the brain for academics but also the compulsory extra-curricular sessions. Not to mention, loads of uncompleted coursework or tomorrow’s topical tests to be dealt with right after. 

We are humans, not robots. Somehow, humans are becoming more like automatons, - we are treated the same way too. At times, we even fail to remember the simplest things that truly matter in life, including happiness. We are given the chance to live life with a soul, not a robotic mechanism. What is life, really? Once upon a time, people lived their life to their fullest.They treasure every moment of their existence for they know time and tide waits for no man. That was how it used to be, and how it should be. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the current generation, an era of which mankind has become a slave to time.

Rewinding our inner souls has its perks. We may kill two birds with one stone when we have a clearer mind, and we create more innovative ideas in a fresher setting. Not only can we improve our mental health, we can also strengthen our bonds amongst our inner-selves. Quoting from William Henry Davis, "What is this life, full of care? If we have no time to stand and stare". We now seem to be passing time by working day and night. The purity and simplicity of life are granted to us right from the beginning. We shouldn't have to think so much and complicate little things. 

Live like there is no tomorrow, let the mysteries remain and adventures come chase us until we become part of it. After all, why waste our lives in dullness when we could be making countless precious memories. Regrets may come, but that is nothing compare to the empty ache inside of us that longs for a journey. Nothing can be achieved with too much of comfort. It is truly pleasant to unwind but to know the limitation is vital. Let us live for the present, not for the future.

Because yesterday is a history,
Tomorrow is a mystery,

Today is a gift, that is why it is called present.

By: Lydia and Wei Shan


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