I wonder who originally thought that dividing a day into segments would be a good idea… chaining future generations to a regimented system that would rule our lives from the minute we are born to the day we die – see!
We complain about time – I know I do – like last week I was so busy I literally ran out of hours in the day. The clocks going back always tends to throw my biorhythms out and it takes me about a month to adjust to that.
I tend to measure time in phrases like “this time next week” or “this time last year I was doing…” It might look like I’m wishing my life away, but I suppose I am trying to grasp something that is after all, intangible and measure it in a personal way that gives the passage of time a little more meaning to me. For example – this time next week I’ll see Alex again… to pick up his laundry!
I have found that I do miss him terribly, but thinking of it like this makes the passage of time a little easier to digest… when I think about it further, this time next year he will have just started his second year!
I saw the city decorations for Christmas the other day and had a few tiny panics, thinking “HOW can it be that time of year already when it seemed like summer only a week ago!” I don’t know whether it’s true that the years go quicker as you get older, but I do know it seems harder to account for them… and yet… and yet…dial it back the other way…
A hundred years ago, my Granddad was born. I knew him – obviously – as an older man, but still, that relationship was in my lifetime. A hundred years before that – 1817 – my grandmother’s family left Wales for Staffordshire… 1717 George I was on the throne and my mother’s great-great-great grandparents met and married in County Durham…(I found the family tree..) 1617 – James I was on the throne after Elizabeth died… her father being Henry VIII and beyond him we’re into mediaeval times…
All these little hooks, little anchors in time serve to mark Mankind’s place on this Earth, when really, we haven’t been here that long. It amazes me that something fossilised, thousands of years old, that was on the Earth at the same time as dinosaurs, can cost a few pounds to buy, in comparison with, say, a coin from the 1700’s can cost thousands if in mint condition.
Pre-history, human pre-history, fascinates me too… so many thousands of years behind us… do we have as many in front?
Must dash – but I think I shall return to this subject in the future…when I have a little more time!