Friday, August 24, 2007

As I watched the microwave countdown to my breakfast this morning, it struck me that everything occupies Time. I felt Time almost as a tangible thing, marching onwards no matter what small and trivial thing I did. You wouldn't think that you could measure the tiny amount of Time taken up by getting a spoon out of a drawer, but it was four seconds. That's four seconds of Time which will never happen again, that Time is gone. And yet, upon further consideration, Time is a concept dreamed up by humans to keep track of our mundane lives. What time is it? Do we have time? Time is running out! The world has it's own measurements, ignoring our little seconds and minutes and hours. The world has day and night, and seasons, and these seem to have no relationship to the seconds ticking by on my microwave. However you measure time, use it well. It will not happen twice.

5 comments:

Aidan said...

Jump in an aircraft travel at the speed of light away from the clock, you will hold that moment for ever, or until you run out of fuel....

Does your spoon worry you?

Menchie said...

right now i'm finding there's not enough time to do all the things I need to do. so stressed out!

lee said...

It's weird to me that you mention this -I used to live with my Grandmother and one day was heating something up in the microwave and as I took it out said: there went 3 minutes of my life. My grandmother hit the roof!! She was very sensitive about it! I'm beginning to understand now - the thing that "old" people tell you when you're young. The thing that "the older you get, the faster it goes". And,unfortunately,it does feel true :) - even at the age of 37. Something that I think helps with this is keeping a diary -somehow if feels as though you are not losing your time, but gaining evidence of days and of life.

Cazzie!!! said...

There is no time like the now I reckon.

Within Without said...

Fascinatingly simple but right on, Stace! These past few minutes of my life have been all about you.

They were not wasted, not one second. Now I'm on to your other recent posts...