*Message about this post: first, I did Philosophy, ethics and religion at university, and from that I have a lot of different wild ideas, and whenever I’ve mentioned this to anyone else; they have made it clear this is one of them times. Secondly, I did not research figures from scientific avenues as they are just for arguments sake and are averages anyway, Links to sites I used at the end*
Spending; we only use this word about two things. Spending money, and Spending time. So that’s always got me thinking. Do we spend them in the same way? And if spending itself means the same thing, and we do spend them in the same way; how do the do equate?
Secondly, when you spend something, it implies that you give something a specific value; or a worth.
For example; When you get paid hourly for a job, it puts a price on how much our time is worth. so in the Uk, for 21-23 year olds, on hours work on minimum wage, is £8.93. so if we take that as a ball park figure and apply it to the average amount of hours a human has in their lifetime; ‘The average human spends [note the ‘spend’] roughly 79 years or 28,835 days on Earth. So, there are an average of 692,040 hours in a lifetime.
Thats roughly around £620,0000, if you money was spent like time. We spend 227,760 hours asleep. That’s a lot of time, and so would be a lot of money if they were spent the same.
This is where people think this thought process gets a bit wild; Say, you’re 18 and you go out and spend 2 days getting extremely drunk, and end up spending £400. You had an amazing time, made memories you’ll never forget and more importantly will never regret, you don’t question how much you spent, time or money wise. Arguably, thats because the happiness and memories it provides are worth the amount spent in both senses.
But, If I spend 2 days in bed because getting out of it is too hard, due to mental illnesses, once i’m a bit better and able to reflect on the time rationally, I always regret it. Neither is more productive than the other. Neither got me further in life or helped me grow, or did they? again, I’m on the fence about that one.
So, pretty much in conclusion of this big ramble, which I could definitely go on more about but wont for the sanity of anyone still reading, (thanks if you are), I often wonder whether because we spend both, do they actually have the same worth? who came up with the numbers that decide our minimum wages, and does the wage matter more or less if you enjoy the work you do?
I often think about how much time I’ve spent feeling low, repeating negative eating habits, criticising my own body; the list goes on. They are hours spent I’ll never get back, which seems irrelevant to money. My situation is what makes it relevant for myself. When I became too ill to work, and then a few months later starting having quick glances at jobs to apply for; not only did I realise how my time is more valuable than any amount of money for me. I will not sacrifice my health, by doing jobs which have difficulties for me, for the sake of earning money.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, no matter what you’re spending, time or money, it’s really all about the quality it brings to your life.
*https://www.dreams.co.uk/sleep-matters-club/your-life-in-numbers-infographic/ , This is the site I used for the numbers!*