Reading – “Wasted Time”

Wasted Time

As I sit here, freshly graduated from high school, I can’t help but feel a sense of regret. Looking back, I realize how much time I wasted during my middle and high school years. I just didn’t take it as seriously as I should have. Every class I would waste time messing around on my computer, while pretending to look busy. It might have seemed like just a little bit of time each day, but it added up in a big way.

Let’s break it down: I probably wasted at least 15 minutes per class every day. With 4 classes each day and 180 school days in a year, that’s a total of at least an hour wasted every day. Over the course of 7 years, from 6th grade to 12th grade, that adds up to 1,260 hours. If a school day is 7 hours, then that’s 180 days of school, that I can never get back! That’s like missing an entire year of school! And it’s probably more than that. And that’s not even counting the time I wasted at home when I should have been studying or doing homework. The small, daily impulsive choices I made, each seemingly insignificant on its own, accumulated into a significant loss of time and potential.

It’s no wonder I’m having a hard time now. Good-paying jobs are hard to come by, and I’m struggling to find opportunities. The college programs I want to get into are competitive, and my lack of focus and discipline during school has put me at a disadvantage. I’m not sure what I’m going to do. 

I wish I could go back and tell my younger self to take things more seriously. To understand that every moment counts and that the small choices we make every day can have a big impact on our future. The little things matter.