Modern society really has conflicting views on sleep. Ask any teenager they will tell you that they love sleeping and do every chance they get. They love it for the dreams and the escape (ya I know I talked about that). But ask most adults and they say the complete opposite. In the words of Nas “sleep is the cousin of death”. So sleep exists as an utter paradox.
With maturity comes the realization that all of our days are numbers so they should be seized each and every one of them (another repeat idea). So as teenager we are stuck in a tough spot; we want to spend every moment Yolo-ing to the max and enjoying our youth, but it is tough to do this when sleep is the only thing I ever dream about. It forces a never-ending cycle of late nights of homework on the week days only to lead to weekends with all nighters and no rest.
With only two days of true freedom is feels hard to justify spending them sleeping so I try to take advantage of them but that only comes back to bite me. It’s burning the candle at both ends. Teens are screwed because they have enough days left in their life that they need to be spent sleeping but in the mind too much is never enough so we try to spend every moment doing something.
This feeling comes from the fact that our world is never stagnant. Every moment has to be spent doing something, even if that is checking twitter or updating Facebook, the idea of doing nothing has become absurd in the minds of modern americans. Everything has to be rushed, done as efficiently as possible to save time.
This is my biggest grievance with this rushing around (not that I myself am free of guilt for it). Constantly we focus on the idea of saving time we make faster cars, messaging, internet, music, television. We abridge what can’t be sped up and spark note the rest, all for the sake of saving time. Now comes an inconvenient truth that most people aren’t willing to face, time can’t be saved it can only be spent.
Contrary to popular belief there is no bank to keep saved time in, when a moment passes it is gone forever. So why do we squander our limited time rushing around?