Older and Wiser


Do you get the feeling that something is missing in your life? It might be that the years have been passing by too fast and you feel like there is no time to enjoy. You could be feeling like a second child, but instead of getting to experience it from the top, you are from the bottom. This can be a daunting task and it gets even worse when you realize that at 11:59 pm on your clock, the minutes start to turn into mere seconds. One can feel crushed under this sheer weight of time.

People create and strive for their own meaning about what’s really important in their lives, and this is where meaning management comes in. To manage your life as if it was a project means that you need to define your own time-line of what is important in your life and how much time you want to allot to each.

This can be done through a mental exercise called the ‘Big Picture’. The Big Picture entails thinking about the important events that have occurred in the past, present and future. This includes reflecting on such items as job promotions, first dates, marriage proposals and children. When you do this exercise, it will give you a real sense of what has gone before as well as what is happening right now in your life. Finally the big picture also entails thinking about how one’s life might unfold in the future. You can define what you would like to achieve and how much time you want to allot for each.

For instance, you would say that the most important goal in your life is marriage and having children. From there you can create a timeline of how long you need to save money, how many years you will have if married before starting a family and what it looks like in your Big Picture of yourself as an old person.

If you divide your life into portions, then you will have a better idea of how much time you have got for the things that really matter to you. It is important to understand that it’s not just about money or goods, but also relationships with family and friends. Busy people often feel like there is never enough time to spend with the people they love and they put their work first. However, you can manage your time better to fit in spending time with friends and family.

If you consider how much more we have to do than we have hours in the day, there is no wonder that many of us are living a wasted life without real focus on what’s really important to us – the meaningful events in our lives.

It is better to use your time wisely by ‘managing’ it more effectively whether you are 16 or 60, and learn how to live life in the present as well as creating a future for yourself that is rich with fulfillment, happiness and success.

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