I can’t really explain time.
Right now, I know I’ve let days slip away without posting to my blog and it’s time to start writing.
Writing is sort of an addiction. I love it. And I am writing in my mind all the time. But some days there are simply other things I need to do with my time, either to keep up with the mundane parts of life, or to find inspiration to bring stories to life. Or maybe I should say, bring life to stories. Creative time.
Of course, it’s not “my time” to begin with. How could we possess something so ethereal?
Time has a way of standing still yet slipping by at the same time. Especially when I’m with the people I love, or when I am taking time out in nature. Time’s simply gone or was time there to begin with? The true measure of time never really existed. It is artificially set. Having no more substance than turning hands on an arbitrarily numbered dial.
While time is an arbitrary concept, at least in the physical world, time is limited for us. So, sharing that finite time with others is perhaps the greatest gift we can give. Maybe we’ll have infinite time to share in the spiritual world.
For some reason we decided to define time by motion. One day is equal to the time for the Earth to complete a full rotation on its axis. To do that, the Earth is moving, rotating, at approximately 1,040 miles per hour.
In addition to its own rotational speed, the Earth is zipping around the sun at about 66,660 miles per hour. A full rotation around our star takes what we’ve defined as a “year,” some 365 days in double rotational motion, more or less.
What’s more, the sun and our solar system are orbiting the Milky Way Galaxy at somewhere around 450,000 to 500,000 miles per hour. This galaxy is huge. It takes our sun about 225 to 250 million years of motion to complete that journey around the galaxy’s center – that’s called a “cosmic year.”
And if that’s not enough motion or time for you, our galaxy is moving in relation to other galaxies and is on a collision course with the Andromeda Galaxy. These galaxies are moving toward each other at the rate of 252,000 miles per hour!
Are you dizzy yet?
And while time is an artificial concept based on motion, I can’t even tell you where I am at any given moment in time. For I, and all of the atoms in my body, are in constant motion.
You see, under particle theory in quantum mechanics, anything, including us, have multiple probabilities of being in multiple places at the same time. It is not until a measurement of some kind, often an observation of effect as opposed to seeing the actual subatomic particle, is taken that a “real” and yet temporary placement of anything or anyone can be defined.
My new goal is to be unmeasurable, so no one can place me anywhere at any given point in time. I will remain in eternal motion. How could I not be?
Actually, I’m really just having my morning coffee 😊
Photo: My morning cup of coffee catches the first rays of the rising sun.