"Life is unfair" - a saying we've all heard countless times. While it may be true for the most part, the only "fair" thing that Life gives us is time. Each and every one of us is given the same 24 hours each day, every day. 

In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned briefly about finding time. It also reminded me of something I read quite a while ago, about being too busy - can't remember if it's this article, but the points are there.

In this day and age, people are too busy to do things - myself included. We use it as an excuse a lot of times, and often don't end up changing our ways. Like what the author mentions, I would like to suggest finding the time to do things that matter, or just to do things on your bucket list. To share some personal stories as well, I got into lifting through one of my best buds - actually it's the same guy who introduced Dream Theater to me. We would talk about different programmes, about the forms of squats and deadlifts, about gains and how our sessions went, whether there was progress or we failed a set, etc. We were both in different parts of the globe (he was in Australia while I was first in Singapore and then Baltimore), but it felt like I had a gymming buddy all along. 

The thing is, I made time to head to the gym. I set aside time for me to exercise and to work a sweat. I would set aside 3 days a week, maybe about 1 to 2 hours each session, to head to the gym and lift and achieve my gains and goals. In Baltimore, I made sure to wake up at 7am, hit the gym by 7:30am, workout, take a shower, and get back to the apartment by 9am. I found the time to lift and I loved it! Getting to the gym also made me work better and appreciate the time needed for things to develop - when I started, I could barely squat 60kg, but as time went on, I managed to hit 90kg and only did 1 set of 100kg, my personal best since I stopped.

But setting aside time to workout meant that I had less time for other activities like time spent with my wife or practicing or doing homework. And while it may seem detrimental at first, it actually made me use time more efficiently and effectively (especially after our son was born!) - something I still apply and take into account when practicing something technically challenging or other musical ideas. 

Of course it's different now, especially with a child to take care of, but finding time to do things important to me is still crucial. The difference is when I do them now. Unfortunately, with a kid to take care of through the day, most of my work happens during the night now - for example, practicing for the Adam Rapa concert, or maybe listening to music and preparing for rehearsals with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, or even practicing for personal growth. And because of this, sleep usually gets sacrificed first. 

I know! I wrote posts about Health and rest before, and honestly, this is a balance that I am still struggling with. As a musician, I still have many personal projects I want to achieve - some video I want to record (including 3 videos that I already recorded and just need to sit down to edit them), instruments and styles to practice and hone, music I want to learn and perform, and so many others! It's childish, but I do wish that there were more than 24 hours in a day.. or at least the ability to freeze time - that would be nice! :)

But what about you? Do you have many ambitions and goals on your to-do list? Do you find the time to do them and if so, what compromises do you make? I would appreciate and love hearing these from you guys! Thanks again for taking the time to read and I hope you guys stay safe and well. 

Joachim

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