My (un)natural enemy: Old Father Time

Tick tock, tick tock...time is getting away. Photo ©Caron Eastgate Dann

Tick tock, tick tock…time is getting away.
Photo ©Caron Eastgate Dann

“Time has got the better of me”

“Time got away on me”

“Where has the time gone?”

“Look at the time!”

In my bid to live a peaceful life, I am constantly assailed by this most human of ailments: worry about time, both long-term and short-term. There is, it seems, never enough time to do all the things I have to do as well as all the things I want to do.

This column is written in response to this month’s Bloggers for Peace challenge over at Everyday Gurus. Kozo asked participants to confront their greatest enemy. You can read more on that and what others thought here.

The truth is, I think Old Father Time is best not confronted at all: ultimately, we will never beat him. So let’s just ignore him. Some enemies are best unfaced, unacknowledged, uncredited.

I saw a wonderful story on a current affairs show this week. It was about a group of seniors aged 67-97 who do hip hop dancing: yes! The group, Hip Op-eration, have this year competed in the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas. These people are so full of life, it gave me a great boost. If you want to see more about the challenge, click here. One of the responses I particularly liked was this one, from Breathing Space, about the enemy within.

Funnily enough, this week I lost my watch. It’s in the house—somewhere—yet it is nowhere to be found. Is someone trying to tell me something?

7 thoughts on “My (un)natural enemy: Old Father Time

  1. Caron – I think time really can take on a life – an identity – of its own if we let it. As you say, in the end time wins, but I think you’re right. It’s healthiest if we don’t let it consume us. Thanks for the ‘food for thought.’

    • And “society” is so quick to judge things based on time, e.g. what you should be doing/wearing at a certain age. I love the senior hip-hoppers, because they say they are thumbing their noses at what people expect them to be doing, and at what people expect them to be able to do.

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  3. Love this, Caron. Love the you lost your watch. 🙂 Your post reminds me of a video I saw that contradicted the “live like you have one year left” ideology with live like you will live to be 400 years old. Interesting switch of perspective. Thanks for posting this unique post for peace. {{{Hugs]} Kozo

    • Thank you, Kozo. It is strange that I lost that watch and all the others I own have stopped working. I love the concept of “live like you have 400 years”. All these “bucket lists” people are making get a bit depressing sometimes. They result in everyone running around trying to do amazing things all the time, and forgetting to enjoy the simple things. That may be a good topic for another post!

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