The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can’t save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.”
― Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
It’s Memorial Day today, and I was planning on attending a party with the best +1 on the planet: a cheesecake. It wasn’t going to be your everyday, strawberry-dotted, graham-cracker-crusted basic cheesecake. You know that’s not how I roll. My birthday is on Friday and I wanted to post the most glorious chèvrè cheesecake infused with tropical flavors of cashew, coconut, roast banana, and boozy caramel. I had developed a recipe, both delicious and light, clean enough to highlight the beautiful ingredients in one gorgeous, pin-worthy cake. And it would take an entire day to construct.
But I also wanted to see my friends. The choice was clear: stay home and make a beautiful cake for my blog, or make a simple dinner for my best friend and hear all the exciting developments in her life.
As I approach age 25, I’m beginning to realize that my time is most wisely spent with others, whether it’s roaming a new exhibit at the Art Institute with my parents, visiting my favorite restaurant with my boyfriend, or cooking dinner for my best friend.
There is always a reason to make the world’s best chevre cheesecake. Similarly there are also always a million reasons to not do something. As a generation, I believe Millenials are rather flakey. It’s so easy to fake a tummy ache, send a “I’m the worst, plz don’t hate me lol” bail text to your friends, crawl under a big blanket, and enter the Netflix/Hulu/Prime vortex for the night.
But the fact is this: time is precious and we too often take it for granted. Every moment is an opportunity to better something. Whether it’s your relationships, your apartment, your job, or yourself, devote your time to improvement. I’m not saying that binge-watching a series is a waste, it can be good for the soul. Just don’t foolishly dismiss your precious friends. Cherish them, because after all, what is life without sharing the precious time we have with those we love?