We Live By The Clock

It's a fast-paced world. 

For those who have an 8-hour job like me, most of us should be up by 6am. Be at the bus or train station before 7; Monday is usually 'toxic' in the morning so we all have to adjust our morning rituals and had to leave the house earlier than usual. Yes, we all have to be at the office by 8 or 8.30am.

At work, we are given an hour lunch break. At times I wished we had longer lunch breaks--so we can have more time to pick what we want to order and eat; so we can have more chat time with officemates and friends; so we can have more time to munch and savor the food in our plate.

As the clock strikes 5 or 5.30pm we, again, rush ourselves to the bus or train station to be home early. We eat dinner, watch TV, shower and then head to the bedroom to sleep.

And then the cycle continues.

Yes, we live by the clock.


Kaya nga ang saya natin pag weekend na di ba? We long for Saturdays and Sundays because it is in these days that we can wake up anytime we want. Eat anytime we want, watch what we want, go somewhere without thinking much of time.

One may probably say, 'Ayaw mo pala ng may sinusunod na oras, e di mag-resign ka at mag-stay sa bahay nyo!' Yes, that can be an option.

But dont get me wrong. I love to work. And working makes me alive--should make me feel alive-- it makes me productive.

But Im not born with a silver spoon in my mouth to stop working. I was born with a gold 'tsupon.' lol

Back in the day when I was still working in Ortigas, time was never an issue. At certain times I can eat lunch and stay beyond 1pm and not worry about not returning at my desk on time. After office hours, I dont rush myself to go home- I can still stay for an hour at my desk to chat with friends who are also lazy to head home yet. We can still have idle minutes or hours at the building entrance and wont mind if it's already 8pm.

I kind of miss those days.

I'm prolly tired. Or maybe I just want something more active. Something more flexible.

Or maybe I have been taking life too seriously. Working hard to realize dreams for myself and for my family.

I remember the words of Chetan Bhagat:

“Life is not to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up? It’s ok, bunk a few classes, goof up a few interviews, fall in love. We are people, not programmed devices.” 

Today, I started not to mind the time. I woke up not the usual time, my mom had to knock my door for she thought I'm late to prepare for work already. I extended some minutes after lunch. I went to see the doctor for a little check up and went to a bookstore before going back to the office. Bahala na kung hanapin. Basta for this moment, I want this time for me.

That may sound stubborn but I felt joy in it.

Hopefully I can have more time just enjoying each day. I'll take things slow and savor each moment. After all, life's a breeze. :)

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About Allan Bough

Allan works full time as a Recruitment Head for an IT Solutions company in Makati and juggles blogging along side. He’s fond of travelling, a certified beach and nature lover and would want to explore more of Earth’s riches. A former community theater director, a pre school teacher and a frustrated Star In A Million contestant, Allan hopes of conquering the big stage for a spotlight one day. Conversation and people are his passion.
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