My first blog post - It's about time

August 9, 2016

 

To be honest I'm not sure why I've started a blog. I don't read many blogs, so why would someone want to read mine? For that reason, I'll try to keep my posts brief, on topic, and something I think visitors to my site would want to read. I plan to stick mainly to writing about things related to education and technology, but I'm sure to stray into sociology, philosophy, and politics. I make no appologies. So here it goes, my first attempt.

 

It's fitting that my first post be about time, a topic I, nor anybody, can ever fully understand. Time, for better or worse, has come to rule our lives. From the moment we get up in the morning we worry about time. Our days are filled with appointments, meetings, and deadlines. We could not imagine our lives without time. All throughout the day until the moment we make sure to set our alarms before bed it is on our minds. If you don't believe me, watch this short YouTube video posted by Fusion.

 

 

Time is a strange concept. We take it for granted, like time is something stable, predicable, constant. But in reality, time cannot be understood without understanding that it forever paired with space. It took Einstein to realize that time is relative. He figured that out at age 26. But I'll have to save that for another post. For now, I just want to focus on how time, for better or worse, has changed our lives.

 

I own several watches (you know, the things people used to tell time before Smart Phones), but three of them hold a special significance for me. The first is a watch I purchased this year on eBay. It is a 1928 Bulova. There are a several unique things about it. First, it is double hinged. Second, the face was originally hand painted by women using radium dye so the numbers would glow. The third is that there is no battery. Instead, when I wear this watch I have to take a moment to set the time and wind the dial. It becomes a morning ritual that makes me stop for a moment and acknowledge the present moment. It reminds me that every animate thing on this planet has to have a driving force behind it. My normal Pavlovian response is to think of coffee and begin salivating. 

 

Another favorite watch of mine is a 1974 Bulova. It was originally a gift from my Grandmother to my Grandfather. It also has no battery, but winds itself through kinetic energy. The third watch was a gift from someone very important to me. It is the only one of the three that has a battery and in fact I often use it to set the other two. I wear a watch to work, but I often don't wear one on the weekends. I think that's an important distinction to make. Yes, time drives everything about us, but sometimes we need to be able to turn it off. 

 

Time is a precious commodity, perhaps the most precious. You can't buy more of it, so be sure not to waste it on people or things that are, simply put, not worth your time. Use time to your advantage. Learn a new skill, grow as a person, and connect with the people who matter around you. You only get so much time, make it count.

 

 

Further Reading:

Open Culture's post The Illusion of Time (Where I first found this video) 

Sean Carrol's post on The Reality of Time

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