The most important thing about awakening is that you regain control of your time. What this means is that when you are awaken, you are truly living your life. Otherwise, your life is being lived without your active participation. Is this something you would consciously choose for yourself? We think the answer is obvious.
Start observing other people on a daily basis and you will see that most of them are in a state of a deep sleep. You can tell this by their automatic negative emotions and reactions to external events. Once you really see that most people around you are in a state of sleep, you will begin automatically develop more understanding, love, and compassion for others.