Alive time or dead time concepts are in Robert Greene’s books. Most of my life I feel like I’ve lived in dead time. I’m now 30 so 21 years I’ve lived in dead time. Only a bit over 9 years I would qualify as alive time.
Or as in Shawshank Redemption they put it: “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
Many talk about learning. Many go to schools. Many talk about doing this or that as well.
Yet few actually do anything. That includes me personally. Every day I have to remind myself to start doing: often we teach what we need to learn ourselves the most.
One mantra that I have is that only learning that matters is a learning that shows in actions.
“Swords, not words” would a character (Minsk) in Baldurs’ Gate 2 say.
It’s not that difficult: only learning is the applied learning.
There is also more to the learning that just that. There is the wisdom that even if we do something today and then let it be like that, we are going to lose that skill.
“Use it or lose it.”
This is one of my biggest fears with writing and prioritization. I fear that if I would prioritize other things, I would lose even my modest ability to get things done.
We only get to keep those virtuous that we sustain and nourish every day. And if we want to get a head we need to learn and apply to it every day as well.