Tick Tock: What Are You Waiting For?

By Kate, age 18, California

What makes us tick? What propels our booties to blast off the couch and get going? Time and motivation are just two of the key components in creating yourself in ways that no other person can.

The Merriam Webster definitions of time and motivation are valid and technically accurate, but should a dictionary really define our ability to create ourselves? The answer is up to you.

Merriam Webster Dictionary definition of time*:

n. The measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues; a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future.

Merriam Webster Dictionary definition of motivation*:

n. A motivating force, stimulus, or influence; incentive; drive.

* in part

"Kate's Dictionary" Definition of time:

Time is a privilege. Time gives us opportunities to experience life, make memories, cherish moments, and most importantly, it gives us the opportunity for the creation of our spirit. The time we spend beating ourselves down for our mistakes and the time we spend lying around feeling sorry for ourselves are definite wastes of life. Time after time we are going to wonder why some of the times we have spent feel like time wasted. Every moment, however good or bad, is mentally timeless. The mind subconsciously stores every tick of the clock in our brains for reasons which are sometimes unexplainable. So how do we take the big hand and the little hand, and incorporate the time spent into our mental and emotional growth? Contrary to generic belief, don't let go of the past. Try not to let the past haunt you, no matter how hard it is, but try to allow the past to be a part of who you are going to be.

"Kate's Dictionary' Definition of motivation:

There are many concepts and theories when it comes to behavior as a result of motivation. Various factors that impact our minds on a daily basis can motivate us toward a goal or an ideal. Sometimes motivation is hard to spark. Often times when we search for motivation, it becomes harder and harder to uncover. What many of us fail to realize is the motivation that exists in the little things. Whether it be the genuine smile of a passerby or the haunting glow of a full moon, any little stomach butterfly or brain ignition can spark the inspiration to self-motivate.

So the next time you feel as if you have the need to find some kind of motivation, look back at the little things and think about how they made you feel. Did you feel relieved? Did you feel betrayed? Did you feel elated? Take what you know and work with it! Any little thing can make you feel something big.

"The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that."
- Baltasar Gracian

I truly believe that life is the greatest gift any person can receive. What we do with our lives is up to us, and only us. Stop searching for motivation; in time, it will come to you. After all, all we have is time, right?


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March 15, 2012

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