Time and all its games

Seconds, minutes and hours. Constantly running out.
Seconds, minutes and hours. Constantly running out.

I’ve recently watched Interstellar and…(drum roll)… kudos! I loved it. I’ve never been a fan of sci-fi but this movie surely changed that. And the fact that Anne Hathaway was in it… even better. I love her! There’s one thing about the movie which brings me to this post. Time.

Matthew McConaughey (Cooper in the movie) traveled to space in search of a new home for Earth’s inhabitants. Long story short (because I suck at explaining Science), the time difference between Earth and wherever he was heading to was mind blowing. It was something like an hour to Earth’s seven years. Yeah, I know…completely insane. So he missed watching his children grow up…very emotional.

Anyway, that got me thinking. We rarely sit down and think about how well time is being used, do we? Or even if we do give it some thought, we barely know what to do. As much as we want to make the best use of the time we have, dreams and desires overlap one another. Responsibilities seize the top position on our list, burying the much wanted goal beneath layers of doubts. Time is cruel…cruel in the sense that it presses us and stretches us. No matter what we do, there’ll always be something that goes undone. We will always try to get that done but at the end of the day, it’ll still be a long journey.

An example. Your life goal is to be the number one broadcast journalist. A very competitive job in a highly challenging industry. Such a career requires you to work day and night, hopping from one assignment to another, sacrificing rest and sleep. Say you’re fine with that. You don’t mind the eye-bags, or the ache right beneath you waist. You know you’re young and now’s the time to go all out. One problem. You’re a domestic person. You like to have flexible timing. You seek comfort in the fact that you’ll never have to choose between your job and your family.

Reality check – being a broadcast journalist means you’ll never enjoy that. At least not in the early years of the ladder-climbing process. So you stall. You wait for a better timing. But as you do, you are constantly reminded that time is running out. Humans don’t get younger…wiser, yes… but not younger. So, while you’re comfortable with your current phase of having a pretty manageable and predictable schedule, you often find yourself wondering if you’re making the right choice. And you ask yourself… how much time do you have left before you can no longer give your dream another shot, even if you want to?

Now you see how time tosses puzzles into your brain? I, for one, have no solution whatsoever. I am acknowledging the fact that time is precious but unfortunately, how to best handle time remains a mystery to me. My take on it – do what feels right at the moment. As the classic goes, go with the flow…


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