Timey wimey

The photo is by: Mark Garlick/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

An artist’s impression of the Milky Way galaxy colliding with Andromeda. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is moving towards the Andromeda galaxy. Astronomers predict that in about 4 billion years, the two galaxies will collide and begin to merge. The Solar System’s fate is uncertain. It might end up in the final, larger galaxy, orbiting further from the core than it does now, or it might be ejected into space altogether.

Images like these always evoke a sense of awe in me about the size and power of our universe and how tiny a part of it we are.

I was feeling a little wibbly wobbly, so I took a little time off. I’ve got a submission deadline coming up, it’s been busy at work, and, you know, Christmas ‘n stuff. I’ve been trying to keep up with those of you that I follow and exploring for new people to follow (D+ or maybe C+ with the curve factored in effort). What has stuck out to me is ‘Time’, as a theme or component of so many of your posts and, quite a few articles exploring time theory.

Maybe I’m just noticing it more because of the coming holiday and new year. I tend to get a little pensive at this time of year, and sometimes find it hard to stay out of the ditches and weeds that line my road. I always get through, sometimes a little dented and scratched, but whole and ready for new challenges.

Could be that it’s because I’m getting older. Every time I would complain that I was bored and there wasn’t anything fun to do, my mother would tell me to get out of the house and find something to do. She told me ‘time would pass by faster as I got older so don’t waste time complaining’, or something along those lines. A typical parent thing to say, I thought.

Seems she was right.

I figured that I’d have some fun and twist my mind around time. It took longer than I thought it would!

Time is a timely topic.
We spend our time worrying about time all of the time;
too much time,
not enough time,
making time,
losing time,
is it the right time, 
time to stay, 
time to go,
this time, 
that time,
next time,
time out.
Is this just a waste of time,
or
time well spent?
 
Is time ours to keep?
are we living on borrowed time, 
or is there time aplenty?
Can we give time or steal time?
Is time ours to lend?
Is your time
and my time 
the same time
sometimes,or all of the time?
Time and again we say; 
time is precious,
time is short,
time wasted is
time lost,
forever.
Forever is a very long time indeed.

But wait, time out! 
If time is eternal
then time is infinite. 
There's an abundance of time,
we are awash in time,
there's no shortage of time,
time has no end.
Does this mean time had a beginning
or has time always been?
I think it's time
we take the time,
if time is ours to take,
to understand that the time
we spend living our own lifetime
is but a tick 
of cosmic time.

Will we ever know the true nature of time?
Is time a universal constant?
Is time a manifestation of our consciousness?
Did time begin when we became aware?
Will time end when we are no longer,
or will time march on?
Do we live in a now of time,
or on a time continuum,
soaring through time 
on the arrow of time.
Tempus Fugit!
Look at the time
It's time for me to fly!
Instead I'll take my own sweet time
and row, row, row, my boat gently down the stream 
merrily, merrily, merrily, taking time to dream.

The only thing we worry about more is the weather!