By Austin B. Hahn
I’m from the “old soul” generation. One value that we hold differently is how we spend our time. I’m not talking about the time on the clock, but how a person spends the time of their life. Spending the time of our lives with the ones that we love, (such as family, friends, secret lovers, people on the street that we see once in a while who get us laughing, etc.), is the most important to us. We enjoy doing this. Young souls see time as a commodity or something invented by nature designed to help better their own lives. When there’s a time conflict that offsets the balance between work and family or play, old souls will usually try to accommodate the latter. We understand that status, career, and money are transitory.
While we do like to invest in our financial well-being to secure our future for when we reach old age, we never forget that the memories with the ones that we love will last forever. Young souls would argue, “Yeah, but work comes first,” or, “I can spend time with them later.” Old souls know that the time they have on earth is limited. We don’t live as if we’re never going to die. We’re aware that someday we’ll be in a cemetery buried underground or cremated.
Whenever there’s a time conflict, old souls acknowledge that they cannot waste time in an everlasting eternity. There’s only your time that you are wasting.
To illustrate my point, when I was old, in a previous incarnation, I experienced a sense of failure after looking back at my lifetime of “hard work” once I realized it would soon be forgotten by the world. No one would remember the work I did, but everyone would remember how they felt about me. I recall in my retrospective thoughts, “I had worked so hard, but for what, though?”
Most young souls don’t realize that after a lifetime spent looking out for their own interests, they will feel that the time of their lives were meaningless and that they failed upon entering their final years.
When old souls approach the issue of time, they choose what they know would give their life meaning. They choose to share it as opposed to using it for their own gain. This knowledge may help to explain how experiences from previous lives affect how people approach time.