You Can't Escape Time, But You Can Ditch Your Clock

Forgiveness Wednesday

“Time makes us all a prisoner of the present, forever transitioning from our own past into an unknown future.”

That’s Neil deGrasse Tyson, talking about time. It’s true. In the spacetime model of physics, we can move freely across three out of four coordinates: up or down, left or right, forward or back. But we can’t jump around in time.

We’re forced to hover along, forever hurtling from one second to the next towards our only finish line in life: death. No. You can’t escape time. But you can escape the clock.

This morning, I woke up without an alarm. I didn’t check my phone. I just got up, exercised, showered, and got ready. I put on my watch - but I didn’t check it. I left the house. The sun was shining. People were moving. Commuting.

How late was it? 8? 9? I had no idea. I got breakfast and coffee and showed up at school. I greeted my friends and unpacked my things. When I finally opened my laptop, I first saw the numbers: 9:21 AM. Okay. Cool. And? Now, I work anyway.

I know not everyone has the freedom to design their every day like that. But everyone has the freedom to design some of their days like that. Because, as Neil also observed, we may be stuck in time, but we’re not stuck with our clocks:

“You can keep track of time even though you have no frickin’ idea what’s going on. Because all that matters to you is that things repeat. If you have something that repeats predictably, you then have created a timekeeping mechanism.”

We all live by the clock. Chances are, you could use a day off. Track time like our ancestors did. Cut yourself some slack.

Life is in your hands. Not the ones on your watch.


About Forgiveness Wednesday: No matter how the week starts, by Wednesday, we’ve had enough time to kick ourselves. We’re human. We make mistakes, we regret them, and we blame ourselves. But the only way we can keep moving on is if we forgive ourselves and those around us. So every Wednesday, forgiveness is what we’ll practice.

Let’s be kind to ourselves so we can succeed.

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