And Here We Are, Stuck Moving Forward

So I’ve never done this before, but I decided to try the WordPress DP Challenge. It’s titled “The Golden Years.” Since I just got into college, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic, and I thought this would be an appropriate time to blog about my “golden years” but with my own spin.

So this is going to sound really random, but for Christmas, I asked for a time turner like the one Hermione has in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It was obviously a joke, but as they say, every joke has a ring of truth to it. Because honestly, the ability to go back in time would be really amazing. First of all, I would be able to do so much all while getting a wonderful night’s sleep every night. And second of all, it’s the closest thing you can get to stopping time altogether. 

Have you ever thought about how wonderful that would be? Just stopping time and letting all your worries drift away like autumn leaves on a cool brook. Do you ever wonder how much we would notice if time didn’t exist? How would we live life in a world outside of time? I mean, I realize that life isn’t just about comfort and safety, and that a life well lived is one that races time, a life lived on the edge, living every second like it could be your last. 

So I have a bit of Peter Pan Syndrome. I don’t want to grow up. Or really, I just don’t want to say goodbye to the people and places that I’ve made my home with. I’m okay with growing up; age really is just a number to me. I just don’t want to say goodbye. 

But alas, life is full of goodbyes, and I can’t stop time. Time turners don’t exist, and I’m stuck moving forward. So what do I do? Live life. Race time and show people every day that they have meaning. Or at least, I’ll try to. Carpe Diem and Hakunana Matata (but not YOLO). Life is too short to be spent worrying about time and goodbyes. I’m not afraid to age because life isn’t defined by age, or at least, it shouldn’t be. Life should be defined by the way it’s lived. 

My Golden Years? They are behind me, because I have been blessed in so many ways. They are right now, because I am writing and happy and alive. And they are in front of me, however long that road may be. 

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Sorry guys, I’m not drinking lemonade in this picture. But I like how time is manipulated in this photo and all the memories I associate with it.

Epylle Spydre

The Tightrope of Life

I wanted to talk about a quote today, so here goes:

“Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I like this quote, because it seems counter-intuitive. “What do you mean, life has no meaning? What do you mean, time isn’t important?”

Time is really only humanity’s way of putting order in our world. Time, when you think about it, restrains us. It holds us back from who we are. Especially when we start messing with the past, present, and future. Thinking on the past, while it teaches us how to act in the future, is somewhat pointless. At least the way most people do it. The past becomes not a teacher, but a ridiculer. A humiliator. We look in our past, and see our faults and mistakes. And so the past chains us. The future is just as devious. We think that having forethought will lead us to good decisions and favorable outcomes, but once again, that’s not how the future likes to roll. Dwelling on the future fills our brains with frivolous dreams that probably won’t become reality. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful thing to dream, and it’s helped many people. Go read “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and you’ll see what I mean about dreaming. Only the present really helps us. I’ve been convicted recently to stop dwelling on the past and present and focus only on one day at a time. It’s hard. And when this quote says that time is meaningless unless we give it meaning, Huie is saying that time can chain us in our past and future, but if we use them appropriately (give it meaning), we can do almost anything. There’s a balance.

After looking at time, it’s almost easier to see how life is meaningless unless we make it. Just as time is devious, so is life. Especially with the way the world is. We’ve crafted our world so that it is so easy to just give our lives to meaningless things: video games, facebook, movies, friends, items. I’m not saying that some of those things are meaningless; true friends and the building of real relationships are some of the best things we can pursue in this life. But so many people can fill their lives with inane pursuits only to realize that they are empty inside. In the effort to fill ourselves up with things, we don’t realize that we’re draining our life of what really matters. That’s why people find it so easy to commit suicide. Because they put their heart and soul into something that was temporary and unpredictable. “What really matters” may be different for different people, but just like the quote said, we are the ones who give our lives meaning. Just like with time, we have to recognize the deceptions of the world and make a decision for ourselves how we’re going to walk across the tightrope of life.

Epylle Spydre