The Vanity of Time

6 Jul

But what minutes!  Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.  ~Benjamin Disraeli

Time is making fools of us again.  ~J.K. Rowling

Why do we take time for granted?  Saying things like “just killing a little time” or “we’ve got all the time in the world.”  “Maybe next time…”  There is, in each day, an underlying notion that time will allow us to capture all that we have not yet captured.

If necessity is the mother of invention, time (or at least our notion of time) is the mother of all vanities.

Remember when you were 10 and you couldn’t wait to be 13, then you were 13 and couldn’t wait for 16, then 16 begged for 18 which yearned for 21…  Eventually, of course, we realize the folly of our ways and wish to take time backward a bit to enjoy those years we wished away.  I wouldn’t want to be 16 again, but I do wish I’d spent less time thinking of later years and more time just enjoying being.

Just being.

That’s so hard to do, when we are constantly tracking time.  “What time is it?”  “Do you think we have time?”  On and on.

While I have no interest in a “work free” lifestyle, I strongly believe we should all have a passion that drives us to do something productively on a regular basis, I do yearn for a life where I can ignore the clocks, the watches, the T.I.M.E.  Ideally, we would live by a beach in some slow paced city where moments would matter and time would be no more than a passing thought.  We would stop and enjoy the little things, like a rare bird passing in flight, or a the smile of a two year old, or the joy in finding lady bugs on random walks.

Let me enjoy life.  Let me never be to busy to appreciate those moments and bask in their simplicity.  Let me never worry about what should happen at what time and when and why.

There’s time enough for that later…


One Response to “The Vanity of Time”

  1. Barkha Dhar July 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    Couldn’t agree with you more …..most of us tend to live in the past or may be think too often of the future but seldom concentrate on the power of now. Thanks

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