You Think You Have Time

And that's why you're not doing most of the things you should do.

Adelina Vasile
4 min readNov 23, 2021


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Imagine you wake up in the middle of the night.

When you don't know what time it is and can simply get back to sleep, you feel OK. You don't know you're 40 minutes away from the alarm ring. You happily and contently go back to sleep. And when the alarm does ring, you wake up as if you didn't just toss in bed only 40 minutes before that.

But what happens when you do get to see the clock? Don't you feel the blood rising through your veins? The anxiousness rushing in? The anticipation of not being able to fall back asleep within the short time you have left?

Is it just me, or that's just the way most of us go through life?

Not knowing how much time you have left before the alarm rings, you're more relaxed. But it should be the opposite.

Assume you don't have much time left

And you'll be amazed at how much you can achieve.

Of course, some of us are unfortunate enough to learn that they really don't have much time left. Life changes entirely to them from that moment on.

Yet for the rest of us?

Are we supposed to be struck by one of life's tragedies to change the way we live? How we spend our days? How much we postpone doing the things we know we need to be doing?

I believe the solution to making every day count is to assume you don't have much time left.

My father-in-law found out he had cancer in April last year. He didn't make it to the next April. Never did he know how much time he had left. He assumed and hoped until the last days. It was too late for hope.

Why would I assume I have more time left than he did? Why would you believe you have more time left?

It feels depressing, but only if you let it be

Living as if tomorrow never comes.

It could sound like a movie cliche. Or, just as easily, like the most depressing thing you've ever heard.

Think about it. How would you decide to live today if you were to find out there…



Adelina Vasile

Mother, educator, journalist, copywriter. I write about the things I need to learn myself. Check my Substack here >>