David Moseley

Time to take it easy

2013-09-03 14:31

David Moseley

It's September 2013. Just the other day it was 2010. Before that 2009, and before that 1999. Back then the Millennium was bugging out and only computers wearing tinfoil hats would survive the New Year celebrations. Now it's 14 years later. Time marches on.

At another time it was the very beginning, where life plodded along pleasantly. Now it's one mad dash to the next. Be on time, be ahead of time, be ahead of your time. There's no time like the present to make the most of your time.

"Where does the time go?" asks everybody as they rush about, frantically tweeting that time flies, worrying that time is running out.

"Not sure," replies everybody else furiously jumping red robots in the hope that they may eventually catch some of the flying time, "but it's all relative. Just yesterday I was enjoying a slow walk, then I woke and realised that was a lifetime ago. No time for that now."

"Time waits for no man," says the pedestrian as he darts like a demented dingo between traffic, pointing his finger at the impatient motorist, "that's why I need to rush to get the other side. The chicken. The chicken was in a hurry. He was late, late for a very important date."

"That was the white rabbit, he was from another time," chides the motorist, itching to switch lanes in an effort to save some time.

"Another time and another place. He was from the past," cries the frazzled colleague impatiently refreshing e-mails in the vain hope a reply might be forthcoming from the mail sent only 17 seconds prior. "I don't have time for this," he wails.

"The past is a foreign country, they did things differently there," concedes the tired colleague's colleague. "They had all the time in the world. They took their time. There was time for time."

"But time is of the essence," insists the anxious client. "And we're almost out of time." You can't rush perfection goes the plaintive plea. "Time is money and your time's up. Who's next?"

Time is on my side thinks the perspiring pedestrian as he makes it safely to the other side, motorists howling at wasted time while they wait for time to tick by.

In no time I'll be where I'm going. Once I've arrived at where I'm at, I'll have more time.

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