I have a short drive to work so I don’t get to listen to much radio on the way there. But this week I caught a few minutes of an interview Howard Stern did with James Corden. As a side note, I absolutely ADORE listening to any interview Howard Stern does. He is a terrific interviewer, asking questions no one else would ever ask, drawing stories and emotions out of the people he interviews that are so engaging. So when I stumble upon any Howard Stern interview, regardless of how I feel about whom he;s interviewing, I listen. And in the few minutes I got of James Cordon, I got a gem, a real a-ha moment.
James Corden is probably best known for his carpool karaoke clips (not gonna lie, my favorite is the one below). So maybe it’s hard to believe that there could be any meaningful revelations gleaned from him, especially while talking to Howard Stern. But it happened.
Stern asked James Corden about his lavish wedding. Corden confirmed it cost £250,000 (which today equates to $310,300). That’s a LOT of money. And many would say it’s a grotesque amount of money to spend on a wedding — or anything else for that matter. Stern pointed that put to Corden, and that’s when he said something that made me go, “Whoa.”
Corden’s response was, “I’d rather waste money than time.” (You can see the quote and some more context of that quote in this article.)
All I could think was, “Yes! That’s so right!” People, including myself, worry so much about money and making sure we have enough of it — but how much is actually enough? Does anyone ever say, “Finally! I’ve got enough money!” Probably not.
But if anyone else is like me, you probably don’t wring your hands anywhere near as much over time. Sure, we all feel like we don’t have enough time sometimes — not enough time to get the laundry done, not enough time to get the kids from school to some after-school event, not enough time with a loved one we lose. But chances are, none of us worry about time the way we worry about money.
And just as I’m letting this revelation sink in, Robin Quivers pipes up in the background with ANOTHER gem that probably got lost in the conversation between Stern and Corden. I can’t remember exactly what she said, but it was something to the effect of, “You can always get more money, but you can’t get more time.” How right she is. People can horde money all they want, but you can’t horde time. You can save money all you want for the future, tucking it away safely in a bank or some investment to get you even more money, but you can’t bank time or earn more time in dividends. We all have the same number of minutes in a day, and we never know when those minutes might not be there anymore.
So I don’t think people should spend money frivolously or spend without regard. But surely we should stop giving up something that is going to make a wonderful experience or memory because money is more important. When it’s all said and done, and you’re in the last moments of your life, what is going to bring a smile to your face — the beautiful memories of the life you lived or the knowledge that you’re leaving loads of money behind you that you can’t have anymore?