Timing is everything
The concept of time is fascinating. To cherish or to waste: that is the question. The obvious would be to cherish but unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case very often. We can all agree that like death, time does not discriminate. Death takes who it wants when it wants at any given moment; time itself takes a similar approach with its no care attitude and continues to move forward no matter what the circumstances. Have you ever witness time actually stop? Well maybe in the movies, but in reality time does not go back and does not remain still, it just keeps on trucking. Reminds me of a Simpsons episode when Bart missed out on a field trip and had to spend the rest of the school day in Principal Skinners office licking envelopes. While having a crappy time licking envelopes, Bart takes a look at the clock to check how much time has passed. While looking at the clock move forward ever so slowly by the second, Bart notices the clock goes from 1:34:39 pm back to 1:34:38! Classic Simpsons and excellent execution in this episode (video above for your viewing pleasure, forward to timestamp 1:10 to get a better feel of what I'm talking about). I bring this Simpson example up because of how time seems to play cruel tricks on our minds making it seem as though time is actually going slower or speeding up when in actuality it remains at the same pace every second, every minute, and every hour of the day. How does time seem to speed up and fly by when we are enjoying ourselves? but on the contrary, time is slower than a turtle walking on sand when we are faced with task that are less enjoyable. This has to be a mental thing right? We shall never really know for sure and there is no sense in wasting TIME (no pun intended) on figuring out why time seems to slow or speed up at times. My hypothesis would be that when we are having fun we are not paying so much attention to time and that gives the illusion of time speeding up, compared to doing something mundane we tend to place more emphasis and pay mind to time more than we probably should.
Time can be such an conundrum if we allow it to be. We have to keep in mind that time does not give a damn about you. With that said, we shouldn't take it personal when time is doing its job. Like money, no one likes to waste time; well at least not intentionally. You have your procrastinators of course, than those that lack respect for time because they do not understand how valuable time really is, and those that have no clue on how to use their time constructively, and as a result end up wasting it. Time in my own opinion is our greatest asset. Everything good revolves around time. Time heals wounds, time builds lasting relationships, makes wine much more enjoyable (even though I do not drink and in no way promoting the consumption of alcohol) marinates our meats, brings wisdom, changes seasons and much more. As I age, my awareness of time has reach new heights and I'm much more organized, selfish and keen on how my time is spent.
Think about it, how far would we get if we would just focus a bit more with our time? I believe we would live much more productive and fulfilled lives. We would create and innovate at a greater capacity. More importantly we would become grateful. Grateful for what? Well for the time we have that others might not. The plethora of grays that conquer my scalp are not an embarrassment, and I refuse to color my hair in order to disguise my true identity. It is true, the abundance of grays are starting to at least equal if not yet supersede whatever is left of black hair. A few grays have sprouted as well throughout my beard and I might appear older than I really am, but this does not trouble me in the slightest. As I age, wisdom increases, reflection is more prevalent, and the realization of how fast life really passes you by is ingrained deeply within my daily thoughts.
Time seemed to drag on as a adolescent and pick up speed as I transitioned into adulthood. I vividly remember how bad I wanted Christmas morning to arrive and it felt like forever before it did. Memories of wanting my drivers license so I could hit the road and be free of carpools and asking my mom for a ride everywhere. I was so eager and impatient in retrospect that I cant help but smile and think how far I have come. Thinking about the past and who I' am now is totally different. Reminiscing the anticipation of Christmas morning back than compared to now is no match, I cant even keep track of what day it is at times let alone worry about holidays. Days fly by so quickly that one year leaps into the next while I'm still stuck in the previous year trying to catch up with the current one. While I was counting down the days before I could drive legally as a teenager, I now realize how much I dislike driving. I rather walk or at least ride a bike.
Good things come to those who wait, yes, but good things also pass by for those who wait too long. Balance, like everything else in life is the key. Moderation is the name of the game and we need to play at our very best if we want to be on the winning side. Death is inevitable as we all know. Our demise will come one way or another whether we like it or not. Think for a moment, what else in life is 100% guaranteed? nothing. As much as we bicker as a human race we can all come to the agreement that we are going to die! Yes, some rather avoid the conversation of death but why try to avoid something you know for a fact will happen? My intentions are not to bring on a somber feeling but rather draw attention to the lives we have now before we eventually lose them. Building a conscious mind around the concept of time is the goal here. Death seems to bring out that awareness we so badly need. When we attend funerals or even hear of someone passing away, we usually reflect on ourselves and how we will meet the same fate. The reflection of death might not be the number one thing on someones list, but it should be something we all do once in a while as a refresher. When a child passes, the words "he/she died too soon" might be heard, or when an elderly person passes we also here "they lived a long life." The two deaths are different but the concept is the same. One passed too early while the other had a longer life, both situations revolve around time with the only difference being age. Dying young shows how short time was for that individual, and dying at an older age shows how much more time was given to the other.
I cannot stop or reverse time (already tried) but I can cherish and respect the time given to me by making every moment count. Lets try our very best to progress and become better with our time. Go laugh more, run more, explore more, love more. Whatever it is that you enjoy, try doing that as much as you can. As always, stay progressive.