When you subtract all the compulsories of life, how much time are you left with? 

Take away the time you take to eat, to drink, to sleep and to work, and you’ll find that the 24 hours you should cherish, vanish into a measly 5 or 6. The people you should take the time to see are in their own world continuing carrying out their very own compulsories, and the familiar thought of ‘I can see them another day’ flutters through your head, so fragile, that in almost a split second it vanishes due to your absent-mindedness and the ignorance to what may occur before another day arrives. The ongoing procrastination of school/ college/ university work turns into a prolonged nightmare of a nagging conscience, interrupting day to day activities and destroying relaxation.  Priorities are pushed to one side and selfishness takes over your life to provide you with your wants, the culprit of your future guilt. The paramountcy of getting in touch with your family decreases whilst you’re away, you’re okay, but the agape that will forever be held in your parent's heart still wonders, and shall be eased by one text from a familiar name that holds an incomprehensible importance. 
Even now, as I am writing this, I am avoiding doing the work that contributes so much to my final grades, yet how much I care is diminutive. Years fly by and days are becoming fearfully shorter.

How much time is left?

Thoughts flutter past our heads everyday; Thoughts that should be pondered and thoughts that should take a considerable amount of thinking about. We sometimes fill our minds up so much with novelty things, such as social networking, that the outside world is pushed aside and seen by no other means than via a screen. When things start to fade away, will you notice? Will you be able to say that you made the most of every day?

If you haven't today, talk to your parents. Tick a few things off your to-do list. Think about that thing that you have mentally been putting aside for so long, and put it to rest. Make up with your friend who you can't even remember why you fell out with in the first place. Ask your grandparents how they are. Have a night off the internet and read a book. Use a camera instead of your mobile phone. Write down the things that are most important to you in the world, and think about how much genuine effort you make with each of them. Make the effort. Make somebody laugh. Hug somebody. Cuddle your pets no matter how much they protest. Write your best friend a letter.

Decide that today is your day. Decide that today is the first day of the rest of your life. Decide that today counts. Decide that today you are one step closer to achieving your dream.

Eat that damn cake. Eat that whole pizza and relish in your food coma. If you haven't a lot to do that day, call in sick and catch up on all those lost hours of sleep. Binge watch a whole series, Spend hours on the phone with your parents, it makes those extra few pounds on the phone bill worth it. Forget about the gym for today and don't feel guilty. Go to that restaurant you've been told about a million times. Have a drastic hair cut - it grows back! Walk in a direction that you've never walked before. Try something new.

If you are reading this, you are lucky enough to be alive, lucky enough to see the sun rise, lucky enough to live in the world full of such wonderful things. Appreciate every second. Appreciate your body and appreciate the life in which you've been given.

And, if you ever struggle with things, if you ever feel unsuccessful or worthless, always remember that before you were even born, you once won a vital race, and man, you kicked ass.

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