Is time your friend, or is it a foe? Do you do battle with it every day trying to jam as much into it as possible or do you see it as gentle friend that grants you the ability to do those things that make you happy?
I got to thinking about time in this way while watching a Star Trek movie where the villain “Soran” says that time is a predator because it stalks you your whole life until finally it says “time’s up” and then it’s over. Star Trek Captain Picard likens it to a companion that accompanies you on your life’s journey.
If you have read my past blogs, you know that I have been obsessed with time to the point that I have made a sizable investment in clocks. I attribute this to seeing too many people’s lives cut a bit too short for my way of thinking. That and I demand to live to at least 300 years old. Yes, I hear you, “Good luck with that.” I am still holding out for rejuvenation.
Time is an odd commodity. Much like air, you take it for granted until it’s all used up and then you wish you’d had much more. You can see the time you have on earth as being on parole from an impending death sentence or you can see it as a wonderful gift granted to you to live any way you wish.
For the longest time I viewed time in that negative sense. Rushing around, fretting about lost seconds and wishing I had done this or that another way. I have come to a point in my life where I realize that it’s all good; all the mistakes in my life, all the missed opportunities are all part of living. The hard times and the good times are what life is made of. I only wish I had been able to see time, my life, in this way much earlier. Oh, I had glimpses of it in my twenties, but life got in the way and I misplaced the lesson.
So now I firmly believe that there are no mistakes in life, only lessons. I believe in stopping and smelling the roses at every opportunity. I believe that love really is the answer and that if you don’t believe that, you don’t understand the question. Whenever I start to wander from thinking that way I stop and remember what Bob Dylan said so many years ago. “Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.”
If time is your friend, make it an intimate lover. If time is a foe, it’s high time you invited that demon into your heart and embraced it.