“Don’t serve time, Let time serve you.” – Willie Sutton

Willie Sutton was born in 1901 and died in 1980. He never made it past the 8th grade and was known as a bank robber. He stole an estimated $2 million dollars over 40 years and spent more than half his life in prison. (Wikipedia)

We as everyday people are taught to serve time. We trade hours for dollars, day in and day out. Many of us never get out of that viscous cycle and we sit back and think we have a safe and comfortable life. I am just as guilty as anyone else who does this, but I am doing what most people won’t do and that is working towards not robbing anybody, but making my own way.

I’ve been working since I was 15 or so and I have always traded hours for dollars. I have tried to venture out on my own and make my own money, but I have always hit a brick wall. As this quote states I was always serving time. Time told me when to go to bed, wake up, go to work, leave work, when lunch was, so on and so forth.

A lot of us have done this and still continue to do this, because it is the safe thing to do. This is what we are taught from a very young age. I don’t know about you but I have always kind of rebelled against this way of thinking. I do it, because I have bills to pay.

Now I don’t know about you, but I have always admired the people who can make it on their own. I’ve known many different business owners and yes they work hard, but they also have more time on their hands. They have freedoms so to speak as opposed to myself who has to do things on breaks or lunch.

What slowly happens over time though, we get into the same old routine and we start to believe this is the only way we can be; I have never believed that. Now I’ve been caught up in the same fashion as you and if I don’t keep myself in check I tend to stay there. So there is something you can do to break out of the so called “rat race”.

This last weekend, I made a decision the night before to go out of town on a trip. I had been working for 6 solid months. I hadn’t really taken a break except on the weekends and I didn’t really do anything then. I was getting cooped up and starting to go crazy. I was trying to be the good boy and do things right.

In the last 6 months I had been trying to save my money and keep afloat. Well shortly after I started working for this company, my truck (the main source of transportation) decided to give up and quit. I live out in the country and was without a vehicle for about a week. So when I got paid I decided to go buy a car. Now I didn’t want another payment, but what was I supposed to do.

I did what I had to do and I do like this vehicle, but I could do without the payment. Either way I have transportation again. So this last weekend I decided to go to Branson, Mo. If you have never been there you need to go. It is a place in the Ozarks in Missouri and they have shows, a theme park, shops, rides, food, all kinds of things to do and experience. Many people from all over the world go there and continue to go every year.

So I found a hotel online and booked it for a reasonable price and left right after work on Friday. I didn’t do much when I got there on Friday but just relax and plan out a little what I was going to do on Saturday. I didn’t want to plan too much so I could leave some room for whatever suited my fancy.

I had a ball on Saturday. I walked around and just looked at shops, watched people, rode a train, ate in different restaurants, and just actually did what I wanted to do. When night fell, I rode around a little more and took some pictures. I then called it a night and slept like a baby.

I woke up Sunday, kind of excited to go back home and yet wanting to stay a little longer. On the way back home, I took my time and enjoyed the view riding the backroads in the Ozarks. I actually was glad to get home and see my cats and sat back and relaxed. I had bought a musical instrument and got it out and played it some.

That is why this quote is so fitting; this weekend I didn’t SERVE time, I let time serve me. The peace I felt at not having to rush around to get things done, or worry about anything was priceless. I got to do what I wanted, when I wanted. And if you haven’t gotten to do that, you should treat yourself.

Now you might say, well I don’t have the money, time, or I am scared. I understand that, because I have said those same things. Now, I am here to tell you, it don’t take a lot of money. Just take a short day trip to someplace that you haven’t seen around your area. Do you realize that most people don’t go any farther than 5 blocks from there house. Some people even don’t go past their own cities.

I used to be you, but now after last weekend. I am going to explore just the area around where I am, to start with. Then I will branch out and see other areas. The internet is a great tool to finding things to do. But when you get out of your area, sometimes you need to go in person and just stumble on things.

It seems we’re getting back to our central theme kind of…lol. Get out of your comfort zone, I did this weekend and had a blast. I had so much fun, that I want to do it again…and I will do it again.

So take some advice from an old bank robber and “Do not serve time, Let time serve you.” If anyone knew the meaning of this phrase, ole’ Willie Sutton would.

Have a blessed week, and remember if you don’t do it, your only hurting yourself. Get out and see the sites, you might be surprised at what you find.

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