Time or Money?

There is a popular saying “time is money.” But I have been wondering about time and money. Time is only about money if I am at work! I work full time, so, it is fair to say that at least 37.5 hours of every week are worth money to me! Then I got to wondering what has the most impact on one’s life? Is it time or is it money?

Whilst both hubby and I are very lucky in the current economic climate to have good jobs, like most families, we have to juggle the pennies from time to time. Money does obviously control part of my life. We have to have enough to pay the bills and eat, or we would not be able to live. We have to have enough to run two cars or we would not be able to get to and from work and so on. Once you have crossed off the things that you actually need to live, you have the cost of things that you could live without but would definitely miss – mobile telephones, broadband, cable TV, possessions, animals, entertainment such as eating out, cinema, trips and, particularly important to me – holidays. In my case, budgeting always includes holidays and some fun because to me, life is too short not to make the most of it. But of course, it is money dependent. When we are planning for holidays, something we would like to buy, somewhere that we want to go, something that we want to do – we always have to consider whether we can actually afford it. So, yes, money does have some control in how I live my life and the things that I am able to do.

But, not everything is controlled by or measured by money. All of the special people in my life did not cost me money to find, there are plenty of things that I can do that do not cost money and at the end of the day if I haven’t got it, I can’t spend it!

Time on the other hand passes regardless of money, I can control the money that I have but having given it some thought, have decided that time is harder to control than money!! Everything that I do has time implications attached. What time I get up, what time I go to bed, what time I have to be somewhere, how long something takes me to do, how long it is until a special event or holiday, how long it has been since I last saw someone, how long I have until pay day or a particular bill payment is due, what time a delivery is expected, a TV show will start – the list is endless! Will I have enough time in my day to do all of the things that I have to do, and some of the things that I would like to do. I become acutely aware of time when I am running late – every queue seems longer, every traffic light is red and time seems to become something that is stressful. When I have nothing to do, time can drag and seem longer. I am sure that on reflection I say “when I have the time” more than I say “when I have the money!”

If something is important, I “make the time” to do it. Some things just have to be done. But I am not really making time, I am just organising/using the time that is naturally available in order to be able to achieve something. Time cannot be made. I have no choice but to accept that time is limited in every respect and use it to my best advantage. Money on the other hand can, in most cases, be made. Perhaps not in the quantities that we would like to make it, but it can be made. It can be made by working, by selling something, by earning interest on savings or investments and sometimes by winning it or inheriting it. I could, if I needed or wanted to, make a little more money by getting a second job, doing a car boot sale, selling something on E bay – I suppose even through obtaining a loan or similar. But, I can’t do that for time. Time, is what it is and is rigidly fixed. Time has more control over my life than money.

So, personally, I don’t know that “time is money.” But, I do know that “Money can’t buy time!”

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One Response to Time or Money?

  1. jen says:

    This makes me think of that movie “In Time” with Justin Timberlake, if you haven’t seen it – watch it – it really makes me think!

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