Today I Perceive Time As Both Flying And Crawling

It was in the university when I heard the quote “Time flies when you’re having fun” for the first time. This is how my Physics professor (one of my favorites) dismisses us. Whether Mathematical Physics III is fun or not warrants its own blog, and it is beyond the scope of this one.

I would define time as flying when I am so unbelievably ecstatic about something (an event or experience, or maybe even someone) and crawling when I am incredibly (usually not patiently) excitedly waiting for something (again, could be a person). When I think about time, it could be so painstakingly slow if I consider the duration at which this pandemic has kept us locked up (or should it be down) in our homes (at least in the Philippines, now over 19 months and counting), and yet at the same time it could be ridiculously fast when I ponder about how every second passes away just like that! I mean, talk about perspectives!

Time is one of the most expansive and versatile words we have. “Time” can be a proper noun, as in Greenwich Mean Time. The noun form can also signify a discrete duration (“How much time is left in the second period?”), a specific moment (“What time does the bus to Narita arrive?”), an abstract notion (“Where did the time go?”), a general experience (“I’m having a good time”), a turn at doing something (“He rode the roller coaster only one time”), a historical period (“In Winston Churchill’s time…”), and more. In fact, according to Oxford University Press researchers, “time” is the most common noun in the English language.

As a verb, it also has multiple meanings. We can time a race, which always involves a clock, or time an attack, which often does not. We can time, as in keeping time, when playing a musical instrument. And we, like dabbawalas and rowers, can time our actions with others. The word can function as an adjective, as in “time bomb”, “time zone”, and “time clock” – and “adverbs of time” represent an entire category of that part of speech.

But time pervades our language and colors our thought even more deeply. Most of the world’s languages mark verbs with time using tenses – especially past, present and future – to convey meaning and reveal thinking. Nearly every phrase we utter is tinged with time. In some sense, we think in tenses. And that’s especially true when we think about ourselves.

Daniel H. Pink – When

What does time mean to you? Do you think it flies like a bird or crawls like a worm? In any case, I live to the day when it finally does not matter (again).

#ToABetterSarah #FindingSarah

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