Letter to the Editor

Time to make our extra second count

Thursday, August 4, 2016

To the Editor:

National Geographic recently released an article called "2016 Will Be One Second Longer Than Expected." It's all tediously scientific, but essentially, atomic clocks are out of sync with the earth's rotation, making everyday clocks inaccurate.

To remedy the problem, 2016 will have one extra second added to the last day of the year. This exciting news proposes the question, what should we do with this glorious abundance of time?

When I first heard about this extra second I had a proverbial onslaught of ideas. "I could join the gym." "I would rather eat a Slim Jim." "I could start a club called 15 Nerds ... but I would need 15 friends first." I should join a scavenger hunt, like G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S., but no scavenger hunt with an acronym that long could be worthwhile.

It was at this point that I realized I had already wasted my extra second plus several more trying to think of the perfect endeavor.

So, this is what I decided, I will spend my extra second doing exactly something. I will waste no more time strategizing how to use my second, because I waste too much of my life planning, and not enough living.

Let's all make our extra one second count, and every second we have.

Stop planning, and start doing.

You can imagine the whole wide world, but nothing trumps being there, with wind beating against your face, and the grass between your toes, knowing that you're making every second count, whether it's an extra one, or not.