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An Emptying Hourglass

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All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again"
-Memory (from the musical "Cats")

It seems like no matter what we do, we cannot control time. We can look back on blurred memories and yellowing photographs, but the past cannot be touched. Of course, we can try to relive the memories, but it's never the same.

"Time goes, you say? Ah, no! Alas, Time stays, we go."
-Henry Austin Dobson

People say that time is always moving, but it isn't. It's perfectly still. Always. We watch ourselves change and grow and think it's because of time. It's only because time is the reference point - the way to know how much has changed.

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."
-Douglas Adams

Who can really define time? Seasons? The hands on a clock? None of it is ever precise enough. If Winter comes early or the clock is a minute off, who really knows the difference? And Leap Day? Would you really know when it came if you didn't have a calendar to tell you?

"Lost, yesterday, somewhere between Sunrise and Sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever."
-Horace Mann

Time is so infinitely valuable because it can translate into anything. If a person wants knowledge, time is needed to learn. If a person wants money, time is needed to earn it. If a person wants happiness, time is needed to find it. Once it's gone, it's gone forever. That's what makes time amazing.

"Stop the clock - Take time out
Time to regroup before you lose the bout
Freeze the frame - Back it up
Time to refocus before they wrap it up"
-30/90 (From the musical "Tick, Tick...BOOM!")

How many times have you wanted to preserve a moment forever? To live the same day over and over again? To just stop everything and think? So many people make rushed decisions. So many people wish they had been able to just take a break and mull things over. It's important to know that only you can make time for the important things, and only you get to decide which decisions take the most time.

"Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save."
- Will Rogers

Right now you have time. Use it to do what you love.



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