One of the first albums I purchased in my younger years was Chicago’s, Chicago Transit Authority. It was one of the first albums I got through that special offer by Columbia House, twelve albums for a penny. I think I bought it because I knew my dad liked them, but there was one song on the album I loved, “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?” The line that haunts me in this song is a part of the chorus, “Does anyone really know what time it is? Does anyone really care about time? If so I can’t imagine why. We’ve all got time enough to cry.”
I guess we all have to admit we care about time.
What is time?
I know I have less time left in this old life of mine than I have already lived. These days I wish I didn’t understand time. Throughout the ages, we as humans, have defined time in measurable units: years, months, days, hours and minutes. We do this so we can control our lives and fall in line with cultural norms.
Calendars and schedules help us reach our goals based on time. We define our success yearly by how much money we make. Time seems to be a construct of keeping score basically, a way of making sense of our lives through a man created system. Time tells us if we are old or young, late or early and even when we were born. It even tell us when we were married, when our kids were born and even our anniversary.
So what is time really?
Is time definable?
It is 7:42 on Thursday, March 16, 2017 as I write the first rough draft of this piece in a Waffle House in Destin, Florida. There are six measures of time in that one sentence. Time may not be definable, but apparently we have perfected the art of measurement of it.
The real question is “What do you do with your time?”
Do you spend most of your time at work, or are you able to spend time with your family?
Do you spend your time on a great cause or idea?
Do you spend time alone? Do you embrace the time you spend seeking internal enlightenment?
Do you spend hours on Facebook, or in front of a TV?
Time is a really deep subject when you begin to peel it back. Remember, you never know when it may be your time.
What is time?