Grey Power 38 — March 27, 2014

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Does “time” go faster for a 65-year-old versus a six to 10-year-old? The older I am getting the faster time appears to go.  You get up in the morning and in no time it is bedtime.  Literally and no kidding!!!

The subject of time is so controversial in the world that it basically has many different definitions.  Any thing like “A non-spatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future”, “An appointed time or fated moment, especially of death or giving birth: He died before his time. Her time is near.” or a simple “Time is what clocks measure”.

While we might think that time indeed is flying by, time, since the beginning of the age, has not really changed.  So why then do we, older people, feel like this?

The difference might be that the older we get, the more precious time becomes.  We all know that, under normal circumstances, we have less time left compared with younger folk.  And not only do we have less time left, but we become very conscious of that fact.  While young people think they are invincible and will live forever, we know better.

So, what can we do to prevent us from feeling that time passes us by?  In a book that I am reading very regularly there is a saying, “Redeem the time”.  How can you redeem time? After all, to redeem means to recover somehow ...  One needs to understand that it really means, “Redeem the time you've wasted.”

Having had a negative dependency most of my life called workaholism, at times my children, now adults, sometimes said, “Dad, you never had time for us!!!”  Not that I was wasting time on undesirable activities, but obviously my priorities were not correct.

Freddy Fender (country music star who passed away in 2006) sang about “Wasted days and wasted nights” which is a more negative type of wasted time. Both types, of course, need to be redeemed.

Redeeming the time really means to make the best, the very best of the little amount of time you have left, at least while you are on this earth. People generally call this  “quality time.”

Certain belief systems also make it easier to deal with the ideas of having wasted time, having not much time left, or that time flies by too fast.  Anyone who believes in eternity can obviously find solace in knowing that our time on earth is only a speck on the line of eternity. “On the other side”, depending where you'll be, time will be irrelevant.

If you do not believe in eternity, then the time you have left will simply be the time you have left.

So, no matter what you believe, I suggest that you make the time you have left, quality time. As I might have wasted time in the past, I am surely going to try.

 

John Fryters is a 65-year-old Prince Albert citizen who, through his weekly column, tries to bring information about and for seniors, to everyone in the City of Prince Albert and beyond. He can be reached at john_fryters@yahoo.com

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