Monday, January 4, 2010
I reminded him then of my theory of time. I was reminded of it myself while at Christmas Mass. At 33, the 60 minute service flew by in a flurry of readings, carols, and incense. But I still remember how long that same hour felt to me as a kid. How I hoped that the congregation would speak instead of sing the Responsorial Psalm. How I rejoiced when the priest chose, as he did this year, to read the shortened version of the Gospel. How I dreaded the arrival of a visiting missionary, whose sermon would undoubtedly last far longer than that of our parish priest. How each minute felt like more. (Devout, I was not.)
I believe that time passes more quickly as we get older because each minute represents a smaller portion of the life we have lived thus far. When you are six, you have lived relatively fewer minutes and, therefore, each minute feels longer. When you are 86, you have lived so many minutes that each one is an infinitesimal drip in your cup of life.
Considering my theory of time and the ways in which I feel it slipping through my hands, I proposed to Husband a solution that, while completely impossible due to its flouting of both astrophysics and circadian rhythms, would help me tighten my grasp on that elusive passing of the moments.
And so I present to you my 27 Hour Solution:
Add three extra hours to each day: one of those hours would be just for you, uninterrupted, for whatever you wanted - reading, writing, picking your cuticles while staring out the window. Whatever. The second hour would be for your loved ones - kids, lovers, or friends. Again uninterrupted. No bills to pay, meals to cook, or soliciting phone calls to answer. The third hour would be for sleep - blissful, rejuvenating slumber. An hour added on to the night, or a nap in the middle of the day.
Three extra hours to renew self and spirit. Three hours to celebrate activity or stillness. Three hours to be.
A pipe dream, but a dreamy dream, no?
How do you make time for yourself, your loved ones, and your sleep in your 24 hour day?
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