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Since when did I start owning time?

“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.” Beautiful words by Mitch Albom from his book ‘The time keeper’.

I still wonder who created the concept of time.And what a space it takes in our lives! All of us in our day today lives use the phrase “ I don’t have time… !” (And yes, I know we genuinely mean it) We all understand what a person wants to say when he/she says that. But, another immediate deeper sense feels very amused at this phrase. – “So, since when did I start owning time ??” This is an immediate response that I get. Time and again, when I have some time I delve deeper into this thought (Hahahaha yes paradox;)). Today is one such day! So, •Since when did I start owning time ! When did it start ?

I guess from childhood when my parents were training me to be a child (;) yeah another paradox).

Early memories of my introduction to the concept of time was as – breakfast time, lunch time, dinner time, sleep time, wake up time, shower time.. etc Then, I guess everything became time bound. New categories continued to be added – School time, studies time, tv time, play time (my favorite), exam time, free time. Whew.. it started getting more and more complicated and expanded In terms of categories as I started growing up. Now I have yoga time, class time, practice time, rest time, family time, friends time, hobby time,….I don’t have time. … list seems endless.

•We have added so many categories to time but does it exist? If yes as what ? No, I am not going into the physics (not even with the Google definitions) I know it’s an important quantity of measurement and somehow without time as measurement, our phyics would be literally crippled(we will be literally in a black hole, I think I am ok with being on Earth right now 😉 ). I am not even denying time’s importance. But in daily life we don’t think S= D/T. I am more dissecting the psychological concept of time and our adding an identity and giving it a material existence. Seriously, I am not getting any answer here. If I delete the categories from it I don’t know what it is. May be just a tool to describe some situation or event that happened or happens. For eg I may like to have my lunch at 1:30 pm sharp and do everything possible to complete that task/ritual, but I can’t order my body to go to toilet at 3:36pm sharp (oops but true). Actually body don’t really follow the concept of time that we have created. I don’t think time ( as we know it ) exists for our body.

•If it’s existence is not really necessarily for our body to function then for whom it’s important? Who needs it ? Yes first answer for some of us who are well into spiritual literature/ path would be – mind/ego. But let’s dissect it more.

-Is it a human need to quantify everything ?

For eg – How much you love me ??:/ Phew, I seriously get confused when I meet this question.

-Fear of something endless or not having boundaries ? Yeah I mean it, I still wonder when we fear death, if it’s really fearing end of life (as we know it) or if it’s a fear of starting something which seems endless (as we assume it).

– This concept of time creates a false sense of control on events and on life. For eg in next 5 years I’ll will do this and this ..and this and …all planned!

What if God decides to shut down Earth because of it being a low profit project …ever thought of that? 😉

– Possessing something feels empowering ~ My time, your time, our quality time( this one is the best ) ! 😀

• What if we delete the word time from our dictionary? Now this looks like more destructive thought than what I thought. As I am thinking it, it’s making me go blank. So many boundaries are falling… Is it JUST A HABIT ?….. I am going to stop here now, part of the reason is that my mental energies are depleted NOW and partly that it is my tea time NOW 😀 I’ll think time some other time again, when I have time! I’ll stick with NOW right NOW!:)

Kanika Gupta

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