Friday, March 18, 2016 - By: Tania C, Mackenzie ‘19

Below is the Grade 9 winner of Brentwood’s school-wide Melhuish Public Speaking Contest by Tania C, Mackenzie ‘19.

 Imagine a bank that deposits $86,400 into your account each morning. You can spend this on anything you want, but there is a catch - this account carries over no balance from day to day, so every dollar you don’t spend, you lose.

What would you do? I’d certainly spend every single cent. It’d be crazy not to!

So, what if I told you we each have just such an account? It’s called time.

Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes them off. The time you fail to invest to good purpose is completely lost, impossible to get back. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back and there is no saving up for later.

The average human in the 21st century will live 28,835 days. Now, this may sound like a lot, but out of that time, you will spend one third of it asleep, 10.5 years working, 7.3 years watching TV in one form or another, 4 whole years staring down at your phone.

Out of the 79 years an average person lives, if you take away the time you spend sleeping, eating and preparing food, working, traveling from one place to another, doing household chores, taking care for the need of others, and bathroom related activities, that will be 72 years. That means that out of your whole life, you have less than 9% to actually live and enjoy.

How much of that time do you think you’ve already spent worrying instead of doing something you love?

So say no to wasting that little time you have worrying. Say no to wasting your time doing things you don’t enjoy. Say no to wasting your time waiting.

Stop waiting.


“People get stuck

Waiting for the train to go

or a bus to come, or a plane to go

or the mail to come, or the rain to go

or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow

or waiting around for a Yes or a No

Everyone is just waiting.


Waiting for the fish to bite

or waiting for Friday night

or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake

or a pot to boil, or a Better Break

or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants

or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.

Everyone is just waiting. “


So say no to waiting.

If you want a change, get up and make it.

Make every second count. Life is so unpredictable; you never know when your last second might come. You never know when you might smile your last smile.

What if you only had one more day? 86,400 seconds. I’ve already taken 180 of them, what are you going to do with the rest?

Tania C, Mackenzie ‘19

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