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Time. Is. Infinite. You can’t run out of it.

It never ceases to irk me when people use the excuse, “I don’t have time.”  Although the idea behind the statement may align itself with some measure of truth, or more specifically credibility, it is incorrect to say, “I don’t have any time.”

Yes you do.

Allow me to offer my humble explanation.  It’s quite simple, really.

There are 60 minutes in an hour.  There are 24 hours in a day.  There are 7 days in a week.  There are 52 weeks in a year.  That’s 524,160 minutes in a year.  How can you stand there and tell someone that you, “don’t have time?”  That is absolutely false; you can find enough time for whatever it is that you want to do, that is no problem because time is infinite, just like the energizer bunny.

However, when we take a deeper look at the motivation to say that you don’t have any time, we can get down to the nitty gritty.  When people say, “I don’t have time,” what they really mean is, “I don’t have time for you.” Yes.

Sure, you may have to go pick up your cousin from the airport, take a midterm in two days, work from 5 PM until 4 AM, go to class from 8 AM until 3 PM, et cetera et cetera, but since when are you physically unable to break any of those obligations?  Sure, you may be morally, contractually, ethically, or otherwise bound to carry out whatever other tasks you have planned, but plans are never written in stone.  They can and do change as your evaluations of what you want to do change.

Remember when you skipped class to go to Starbucks with that high school hottie, Claire?  Yep.  So you did have time on that one occasion, which means that you do have time on this next occasion; you just don’t want to rearrange things again.

Remember when you told your family, “I don’t have time,” when they asked if you could come home the next weekend to take care of the family pets?  Guess again; you did have time, you just didn’t deem the act of taking care of the pets more important, or in other words, worth your time than that party you went to, or even to study in the comfort of the Law Library.

You can be “busy” or “not willing to break existing plans/intentions,” but not literally out of time.  Even, “Sorry, I’ve got shit to do,” would convey something more to me than “I don’t have time,” does.

To wrap this little rant up:

Nobody really doesn’t have “time” to do things; we all have 24 hours in a day, even Barack Obama does.  We just don’t “want” to rearrange whatever pre-existing plans we had to accommodate whatever new plans or intentions that come up. And that’s what I have to say about that.

Next week: Correct comma usage.

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November 7, 2010 - Posted by | opinion

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