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Poor but with time to spare

I don’t do year end or welcome to the New Year posts.

However the more I read this article the more I think about myself and my time :: http://www.economist.com/news/christmas-specials/21636612-time-poverty-problem-partly-perception-and-partly-distribution-why?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/whyiseveryonesobusy

There are many angles on this article – product ideas, thoughts about gadgets, how I work and how I spend time not working. Amazing statistics as well – stats that I see in my own family and how much time everyone has. From where I stand I think I have better than my parents but funny thing is – they think they had it better than me. Which is interesting.

As a parent I find the whole discussion on the arms race for kids to be fascinating. It is so true and I worry about it myself. I am sure if I went farther in school I would be farther ahead financially but I can’t rewind the clock. I can however push my kids to do better but I also want them to be happy, healthy and able to just enjoy life. There is a trade-off but that will only appear over time.

The last few paragraphs are super intense. Read them a few times.

I like this one:

Alas time, ultimately, is a strange and slippery resource, easily traded, visible only when it passes and often most highly valued when it is gone. No one has ever complained of having too much of it. Instead, most people worry over how it flies, and wonder where it goes. Cruelly, it runs away faster as people get older, as each accumulating year grows less significant, proportionally, but also less vivid. Experiences become less novel and more habitual. The years soon bleed together and end up rushing past, with the most vibrant memories tucked somewhere near the beginning. And of course the more one tries to hold on to something, the swifter it seems to go.

Thankful

I am sitting at a giant table made by my brother and Dad while writing this. We have so many friends and family coming for Turkey Day that they decided to make a giant table. It is the first time in years I am at home for the holidays and most of the family, minus one brother is coming (he will join for Christmas), and it will be memorable.

Over the years I tended to just visit family during business trips but lately I haven’t needed to travel so I decided this year we would make the trip. Having kids myself now makes it more important to all get together and experience some holiday time. For me, this is the best time to enjoy the states. All the commercialism aside, the festive season is enjoyable when all your family is around.

I know not everyone enjoys the season and it is a very personal time. I hope anyone out there not enjoying the festive season has a friend or two to reach out and bond with. I am very thankful I am surrounded by family and friends. This is what it is all about.

Take care and enjoy the day.