Time, Endless Time

We are all haunted. Each and every one of us. Some of us are haunted by our failures, some by our successes. Some of us by our future, and some by our past. Some of us are haunted by fear, and some of us by uncertainty. If you think about it, there is one common thread here. Time.

It’s something that we have enough of, and not too much of either. Time is endless, and also, time is finite. A problem with a lot of us, perhaps the biggest problem, is that we are unable to differentiate between our past, present and future. Most of us dwell in our past while thinking about the future and eventually, lose what matters the most.

The present.

If you ask an old person what they valued the most in life, and what they wish’d they had more of, they’d tell you that it was time. That they wish they’d had a little more time to do the things that mattered most to them, that they had a little more time to spend with their children, with their parents, with themselves. The most expensive gift of all, and perhaps the most valued gift of all, is time.

... yeah, Time.

Is it time that haunts us? Is it the fear that there isn’t enough? Or the misconception that there is enough and realizing when it’s up that there was hardy any to begin with at all? There are a few constants in life, and I believe that time is one of them. It may sound ridiculous, for time is ever-changing, but time is the one thing you can depend on in life. No matter what happens, time remains constantly as it is, ever-changing.

What haunts most people, is what time has previously done to them. All the uncertainty, the failures, the fears, the fights, the inconsistencies, the betrayals and all the loss, all of it is encapsulated in something defined by time itself, called the past. It’s unwise to judge yourself or others by what happened in the past. The past is all about what a person used to be, it’s never about who they are. Of course, the statement holds true only if the person in consideration here has learned from their past. The wisest thing to do with your past, is just that, to learn from it. To realize where you fell apart, to pick up the pieces, and to move on always keeping in mind, to never break the same way again.

It’s a human tendency to weigh oneself down. To think about the past and about what we’ve done and decide what’s going to happen in the future. To try and predict the future and your actions is, of course human, but to control your actions and decide the future is what makes you rise above the rest. The past is a book to learn from, the present is a field to practice it upon, and the future is a field to reap the benefits in.

Time is being added to your past each day, it’s up to you to decide what you want to put into it to overshadow things you wish had never happened. In a certain sense, you still have control over your past and you can decide from this moment on what your past will contain. Will it be a collection of events and efforts that will weigh you down? Or is it going to be a cumulation of achievements and triumphs that will forever shine?

Each man has a billion excuses for his past, but know this, you have none for your future. You never will.

You have time. The questions in your head should not circle around what happened in your past and how it could have been different. They should circle around what you want in your future and you can make it happen. No one can do this for you, you have to take upon this task yourself. For in the end, it is your life, and you will have no one else to blame. You may sit down, look back, reflect and wish that things had been different and blame everyone else for the shortcomings of your life. Accept that this is your life and that if you can blame anyone for its shortcomings, it’s only because you weren’t in control of your own life.

You have a lot of time. It doesn’t matter if you work 12 hours a day and sleep 4 hours a night, we all have the same amount of time, and it is we who decide how we’re going to use it. When your time is up and when your life is done, what do you want to look back on? What do you want your life to be about? How are you from today, going to define and construct your past?

What are you going to do… with time?

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21 comments

  1. Tanya · November 28, 2010

    is it a vortex? or labyrnith it is..
    if the spirit travels back, it returns with empty hands,
    though would not be devoid of the ever haunting ghost of past.
    If spirit envisages the time sheer ahead,
    the utopia would be never ending….
    the concrete reality of today is dissolved
    by the seeping presence of the desire to hold the time.

  2. Tanya · November 28, 2010

    Captivating Work!!! Quite intense!!
    Hope we keep on getting more n more frm ur side to read 🙂

  3. ayush bansal · November 28, 2010

    Inspiring…Nicely written… Looking forward to read more from you. 🙂

  4. Cody · November 29, 2010

    There are 2 theories regarding this:

    1. Life is too short, stop slacking and get to work.
    2. Life is really long, Have you seen anything longer than it? Have fun, live to fullest!

  5. shishir · November 29, 2010

    truly right and you wrote it precisely… i like it, cause this article projects my thoughts also.
    for me Time is what clocks measure. divided in time frames, and everyone have there’s own and finite frames.
    and what you do in a frame, will affects your upcoming time frames as consequences.
    in science time is the durations of between two events, and speed can manipulate it.. in life it’s YOU only.

  6. Sayak · November 29, 2010

    Superb concept…. Really liked ur point of view and idea… Keep up the good work… 🙂

  7. kaushik · November 29, 2010

    OMG !! I took 6mins TIME to complete this.. its worth reading it twice..
    good …

  8. Prateek Samtani · November 29, 2010

    A good start is half job done. Keep coming them, we will enjoy and you will succeed…!!
    A very well written on what matters to us is our present and our own success of keeping effort to the fullest(TRY)…!!
    🙂 🙂
    Best luck

  9. dhananjay · November 29, 2010

    The minds of most people today are torn apart between the past and the future, killing the most important sense of time THE PRESENT for it is the only controllable part of it…..a very good piece written…eventhough we know that it’s wise to only care about the present and the future and forget the past, we don’t forget it…..in those cases such pieces serve as good reminders..thanks man!

  10. Avtar · November 29, 2010

    Thanks a lot everyone. =) I’m glad that everyone has been able to draw their own interpretations. I hope that you pay close attention to the last line and give it some thought. =)

  11. Name (required) · November 29, 2010

    try capturing tym…its goin too quick 2 catch up wif…

  12. raveena shadija · November 29, 2010

    i was mesmerized by what u had deeply put on d blog about time!
    i think u hv created a commendable article bout it…very inspiring..thought provokin n praiseworthy piece of effort!

  13. disha · November 29, 2010

    really nice..and very inspiring..!

  14. Keyur Shah · November 29, 2010

    Excellent written, quite intense 🙂 ! It was a nice TIME reading it 😛

  15. Avtar · November 29, 2010

    Thanks Raveena and Disha, hope you mean it! =)

    And oh, a touch of wit there Keyur, nice. =P

  16. ila · November 29, 2010

    “When your time is up and when your life is done, what do you want to look back on?”
    true…coz the time spent will matter when the time ends.

  17. falu · November 29, 2010

    its realy gud

  18. Kriti · December 13, 2010

    Finally got TIME to read this… Very nicely written… Importance of TIME has suddenly started haunting me… 😀

  19. snake · February 10, 2011

    An attention-grabbing discussion is value comment. I feel that you should write more on this topic, it won’t be a taboo subject however typically people are not enough to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  20. Anushree · March 24, 2011

    the clock is ticking..as always…And so I’d better hurry up. !

  21. Avtar · March 24, 2011

    Ila, absolutely. =)
    Falu and Kriti ma’am, thanks a lot. =)
    Snake, right bot. =P I’ll have to deal with you later.
    Anushree, glad this had an effect! Haha.

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