13:30

Good news — another hour has just been added to every 24-hour day (don’t ask us how. We have powers). How do you use those extra sixty minutes?

It’s midnight now, and I’m finishing up that essay our English teacher decided to hurdle us down with. I sigh as the clock ticks, and the bird cuckoos thirteen times.

Wait, let’s retrace a step for a second.

13?

I blink and I’m confused. I pause and end up staring at the clock for the next half an hour, when the clock strikes 1. I’m utterly confused and I told myself I was hallucinating.

The next day, in Economics class, I find my heart beating faster and I keep looking at the clock once the 12th hour is coming to an end. And apparently, I wasn’t hallucinating. My Econ teacher paused class, with the entire class wondering and causing a commotion of how that 13th number had appeared on the clock. 30 minutes passed by once again, when the clock struck 1.

I come home to find television broadcasts and radio shows all chanting the same revelation. Was this really happening? Were we really granted…an extra hour?

The buzz continues for that week and the next and the next.

Until it’s become a customary part of life, to watch that 13th hour sway around for half an hour in the noon and the midnight.

School still ran the regular number of hours, we just came home 30 minutes earlier. So all in all, we had an hour of additional time at home.

But I’m constantly appalled, and excited by the happening.

This had to be a message sent by god. There had to be a reason, a purpose.

Upon rounds of depth talk to myself, I went home one day and took out my notebook. I tore out a sheet and put out a column, titled, What could fill the purpose?

Because what did I really have to do to serve that message sent from him above?

a) Cue the advantage to more sleep

b) Take the time to use this granted time for leisure; watch that XFactor audition round today or listen to some blues

c) Spend some time with the family; you’ve been so caught up with the journey to college, make way for what really matters when it would all crash down

d) Read, you’ve been missing out on the fantasy world for a while now.

I smile, and I’m happy.

I close my book and decide this was exactly what I was going to do for the rest of the added hours.

Why?

Because I am absolutely sure that this was what God wanted us to make out of it.

He wanted to let us know that having goals was important; it was necessary for growth. It’s important to keep working hard, be away from seeming distractions and cosas que hace perder su tiempo. It’s natural to sweat and to get paranoid, pushing yourself away from people like family.

But what we’re missing out on is the fact that when times begin to get really hard, when emotion begins to conflict with reason, when failures begin to hit in the path; when college ends, when you get a job, when you reach your goals…what next? Who are you going to be as a person?

Who you always were; a happy version of you. It’s important not to let go of that. Pre-college isn’t the hardest of times; make time for adventures, exploration and leisure; you’re still a kid.

And who’s going to be standing there when you’re all done?

The people who were always standing there with you.

Your family. All you can do to give them back is give them some of your love, some of your time.

This had to be the purpose. This had to be the message.

I found it and I was going to stick to it.

Now yes, this was a hypothetical situation. But what I said to the end, was completely out of heart and something that I feel we should all remind ourselves time to time. Get off your Instagram or scrolling through that newsfeed for a bit, and use the same time to spend time with your family; throw yourself away from the television and read a book while listening to some music.

True Happiness isn’t going to be based on either likes on a picture, or not necessarily what college you end up at or what happened to Spencer Hastings in the show; it’s more subjective.

True Happiness is more deep and more felt.

You don’t need a thirteenth hour, you just need to keep what really matters to you close to your mind.

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