I don’t have enough time

by Annelise Mitchell February 21, 2016

I don’t have enough time

“There’s simply not enough hours in the day!”

No matter who you are, we have all declared this when faced with so many things we want to get done but feel overwhelmed by the day-to-day challenges of life.

We lay at night fantasising about all the things we wish that we could do, and resolve that we are going to do everything in our power to make it happen, as soon as we get up!

But low and behold, in the morning, we are swept away by the demands of the day, and soon forget those nocturnal thoughts that felt so forceful at the time.

We get up, prepare ourselves for the working day, interact with the same people we saw yesterday, and at the end of the day, feel exhausted, too tired to do anything other than stare at our tv or computer screens in a state of zombie-like bliss.

This is normal, and all humans, regardless of their circumstances, are faced with the business of living. Even though we all have the best intentions, the “real world” interrupts and says very loudly, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? THERE ARE THE DEMANDS OF THE WORLD AND HERE YOU ARE THINKING THAT YOU CAN GO AND DO THIS OR THAT?

You, being ever so polite, scold yourself for wanting something better and strive forth to live a life being of service to how other people think you should live.

For a while…


You are again lying in bed, but with increasing angst that you should be doing something that will help improve your life and get you to where you want to be. And it is definitely not where you right are now.

But… you hurl at the world, if only I didn’t have all these obstacles in my way, I would do anything I wanted.

Let’s take a look at these obstacles…

  1. Work – we need to earn money to keep a roof over our heads, and most importantly, our family’s heads
  2. Family – our family needs us – they claim that if we are not available 24/7 they will no longer be able to function – who will do all the household chores, definitely not them
  3. Illness – we are suffering from an illness, or those we love are, and they require our physical and emotional support
  4. Debt – we are in far too much debt to go around studying when there are bills to be paid – they are not going to go away, and they seem to be just getting bigger!
  5. Anything else you can think of… you name it!

It is undeniable that all these obstacles are challenges, and you may be facing more than one, and in many cases we can be faced with every single one of them!

But they are not insurmountable. In all the conversations, biographies and personal experiences that I have had or read, there is always a way to handle and conquer each situation.

We just need to want to… with a deep, penetrating resolve of no matter what!

The truth is, our family and friends, may never provide the type of moral support that we expect. They can provide us with some encouragement, but more often than not, they have their own concerns. When you finally explode and declare that you’ve had enough! They will just look at you and say, “What… I support you.”

We need to find this support from within ourselves. Without a deep, take no prisoners determination, no matter what other people in our lives may say, we won’t steam full charge ahead, ready to conquer the obstacles that will inevitably stand in our way.

To tackle the above obstacles, you can…:

  1. Take a part-time job, or a job that is less demanding than the one you are in, and organise to lessen your expenses so that you can remain with a roof over you and your family’s head
  2. Encourage family to be as independent as possible and to appreciate quality time rather than quantity. Tell them that when they do have your attention, you will devote it 100% but there will be times where you need to be left alone, no ifs or buts
  3. Albeit very challenging, however, if the accounts of many successful people prove, many had their own severe emotional and physical challenges but all sought to overcome them by creating a better life for themselves – they had a dream and they moved towards it, you can too!
  4. Lessen the amount of debt that you have, if this means stepping down from having luxury clothing and furniture, so be it! I am sure in the long run you don’t want to be living in a luxury home but feel miserable because you didn’t achieve what you believed you were capable of? They say nothing is more painful than the pain of regret.
  5. Anything else you can think of – find a way!

There is always a way, you just need to be more determined than the obstacles. If you allow the trials and tribulations of everyday life to prevent you from moving towards your goals, you will give in to mediocrity.

It is far better to see life as a constant series of obstacles along the way, but rather than feel blocked or trapped by these obstacles, we steer around them, jump over them and most of all, learn from them.

Life is a constant series of obstacles by Thomas Szasz

As the rapper Locksmith says some people are roadblocks that he had to steer around. If he did not, he would definitely not be sharing his love of music with the whole world.

Annelise Mitchell
Annelise Mitchell


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