“I swear I lived”

86,400 seconds. 1,440 minutes. 24 hours. 1 day. Time is the great equalizer.

The days turn into months, the months turn into years, and the years turn into a lifetime. When my time is up, when my years have turned into a lifetime, how will I feel about how my time has been spent?

27,993,600 seconds. 466,560 minutes. 7,776 hours. 324 days. That is the amount of time that I have spent in college thus far.

During these past 324 days, I have often thought that I don’t even have enough time to do my homework, let alone take the time to get out of the house and do something meaningful.

But considering my time crunch, how often have I found myself in front of the TV watching Netflix for hours? More time than I’d care to admit.

Turns out I’m not the only one. In an article by Time Magazine, I found this quote:

“[Netflix] members streamed 42.5 billion hours worth of programming in 2015, up from 29 billion hours in 2014…Using these metrics, we can derive that each individual subscriber spent 568 hours watching Netflix in 2015 on average. That’s 1 hour, 33 minutes per day of streaming.” 

42.5 billion hours. Holy moly. Really brings meaning to the subtitle of the article: “It’s taking over more and more of our free time.”

I remember reading a quote in middle school by Bernard Berenson. It didn’t make much sense to me then, but I think I understand it better now. He said: “I wish I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.”

I wish I could take back all of my wasted hours that I have spent mindlessly watching Netflix. When I am lying on my deathbed, reminiscing about good times, am I going to remember all the times I binge-watched my favorite shows?

I’m sure that that’s the farthest thing from what I will be thinking about in that moment. I’m going to be reminiscing on the more meaningful moments of my life.

This video explains why I’m changing the way I’m living my life. I don’t want to experience life from my living room couch.

I want to get out and explore.

I want to live life in the moment and experience all that life has to offer.

That’s what this blog is about. It’s about a personal journey to experience all the beauty this world has to offer and live a meaningful life.

I’m hoping that by writing about my experience as a college student exploring and doing something other than Netflix for fun, I can inspire students and others to do the same.

At the end of my life I want to be able to say I owned every second that I was given. So I’m going to start with the last ~48,540 seconds left in this day.

 

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