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June 24th, 2017,

Lost Arts: Make the most out of time slipping through your fingers

Time — an endless commodity millennials believe they have but actually don’t.

When I talk with those who are of older generations, a common concept I seem to hear is the idea of how fast time flies. They can’t believe where it’s gone. Some reminisce about their past, but others reflect on their guilt for not doing everything they wished they could have.

Time stops for no one, especially not for millennials. It is almost as if these “best years of our lives” are in fast forward.

Now that I have you depressed, I wanted to rally you back in by focusing on the lost arts you can do as a millennial to avoid falling victim to Father Time. Make life the most fulfilling it can be as the sands of time continue to fall in life’s hourglass.

Travel 

Growing up, I think many of us dream of visiting the many exotic locations around the planet. We imagine what it would be like to journey the 29,029 foot face of Mt. Everest or backpack through the luscious green rain forests of Brazil. 

Unfortunately, whatever our dream trips may be, they often remain as such — a dream. 

I didn’t travel a lot when I was younger due to fiscal resources. For my family, our summer trips consisted of maybe one trip to St. George. If we were lucky, we got a trip to California.

It left me with a desire to see more, but I never really did anything about it until the last few years. 

I promised my wife when we were married that I would travel with her. Since we have been married, we’ve been to Cancun, San Diego, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. We have even purchased tickets to Europe so we can visit England, France, Switzerland and Italy this summer. 

We realized the moment we have kids, our plans will be altered drastically, controlling what we do and where we go. 

Millennials, you are not traveling enough. Save up whatever money you possibly can. Time is slipping through your fingers and the real world is soon upon you. As you continue to miss out on these wonderful opportunities and this lost art by staying home and playing video games, you'll experience regret. It doesn’t matter if it’s Logan, Seattle or Sydney that you travel to, go and see the world. 

Bucket lists 

Whether formally written on a typed document or scattered about in your head, each person has some sort of list formed of what they want to accomplish before they die. Yet, it is a lost art among the younger generations.

It stems back to the idea that some millennials think they have all the time in the world to do these outlandish, stupefying and amazing personal goals. They think that if they push off the idea of a bucket list, it can all be accomplished on a later date like Jack Nicholson’s “Bucket List.” 

Set a list. I promise it will be worth it. I know millennials love to push things off because I know I do, but why not live a little and start now? 

This is exactly what I have done. When I was younger, I was content and felt I had all the time in the world. Now that I am 25 years old, super old I know, I’m seeing how fast time flies. I graduated high school almost seven years ago. I was married almost two years ago. 

There is no stopping this fast-forward button. 

These are just two simple ways that millennials can make the most out of the time they have. They require planning and a little willingness to sacrifice. Yet, they help those that take part in them to make the most of life. 

Don’t wait to start. Begin now.  Before you know it, your time may be up.

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