If you have waited an hour for a bus, a day for forgiveness, a week for a biopsy result, months for a baby’s birth, years for a divorce, decades for vindication, you know that time is relative. Of all calculations, it’s perhaps the most flexible, its measure the most subjective.
What is your attitude to filling and using time? Do you cram as much as possible into the day? Do you spend it luxuriously, at your own pace, without pressure? Are you able to change gear? Does your perspective differ as you get older? In your thirties do you suddenly realize that twenty years have gone by in a flash? Is time the reason you fear to turn forty? In your seventies do you hope for another decade? How does it strike you at ninety?
People’s attitudes to Time and the way they use it, reveals much about their personality, attitudes and philosophy. I’m collecting contributions and hope to compile a book that illustrates as many personalities as contributors. Please write a piece from fifty to five hundred words (or more) about your view of time and e-mail it to me. Use a pseudonym if you wish. Indicate where you live and give your age (if you will). Tell your friends and invite them to contribute. All will receive a reply.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
What is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare?
Time passes, drags, stalls, stops
Time expands, contracts, flies
Time stands still. It’s long, it’s short
Time changes everything, or nothing
Time will tell, reveal, prove
Time is of the essence, or irrelevant There is a time for everything
There isn’t enough time
Time on your hands, face, body
Time to relax, squander, luxuriate
Time to get ready, get going, act
Timing is everything
Taking and making time
Time is money
Time I started
Time I stopped
Time I wasn’t here
Eileen Dight (81) is a retired British specialist on trading in Spain, now resident in Ireland.
Spanish- and French-speaking, graduate (at 46) of International Politics and History; former editor, interpreter and fundraiser.
Her family of five sons and eleven grandchildren live around the globe in four different Time zones. She has lived in England, Wales, Spain, France, the USA and now in Ireland. She has been thinking about this theme for a book for some years, and now the time is ripe....