Time is a concept that seems to impact on every part of our conscious lives. We never seem to have enough of it, and definitely don't want to waste it. Constantly bounded by the clock, the seconds invariably slip away, leaving us feeling regretful that we may have lost something irretrievable.
Time is finite. Yet it is a human concept derived from our desire to relate to our environment and consciously monitor and examine our existence. The universe doesn't care about time. In fact, to the universe, it does not exist at all.
Rightly or wrongly, and whether we like it or not, human mortality requires us to measure our existence. However, it should not define us and, as individuals, we must all be aware of the impact time has on our lives and our ability to control it, or at least our perception of it.
Here are some reasons why you shouldn't worry so much about time.
1. Time Is Relative
The way that I perceive time is different to your perception of it. Even within ourselves, we experience time differently depending upon the hour (think of work days that seem to drag on forever), and what we are doing (that big night out that passes in the blink of an eye).
Our consciousness is more attuned to the activity that is occupying us. If it is stimulating and exciting our senses, we will have less of a perception of time's passage than if we were undertaking a relatively mundane activity.
As a child, you always seemed to have plenty of time. As an adult, it is fleeting. Again, relativity is the key concept. One year to a five year old is twenty percent of their life, an eternity to the child. That same single year to a fifty year old is just two percent of their life. It is little wonder that time seems to pass more quickly as we age.
2. There Will Never Be Enough Time
We often hear people exclaim, "I wish there were 25 hours in a day". A ridiculous, futile notion, of course, but what that statement represents is not a longing for more hours, but a desire to be more organised to achieve all of their desired tasks in a more timely manner.
We must let go of the time constraint and realise that it is within our power to make changes to what we do or how we do it. It is only then that we become more in charge of our own destiny and our ability to take charge of time, rather be hamstrung by it. This is not meant to suggest that you should throw away your watch and ignore important deadlines. It is a matter of effective management and scheduling your life in a more efficient manner.
3. Time Will Pass Regardless Of What You Do
It doesn't matter who you are or what you do, time will invariably pass. The quality of your experiences and interactions is much more important than the quantity of time spent in the undertaking.
Time is nothing more than a memory, awaiting its final resting place in the mind. Our perception of our existence makes us conscious beings, our ability to interact, interrelate and influence makes us human.
Time should neither bind or inhibit us to be the people that we aim to be.