Ever since March last year, I have found the concept of time to be a strange, paradox…
Some days, even weeks, are apparently ephemeral. Minutes and hours seem to slip away as if some wizard has magically accelerated a sand timer. One blink of an eye sees a new month appear on the calendar.
On the other hand, some days are long, treacley and never ending. The minutes tick heavily on the clock, and the day seems to last aeons longer than its allocated twenty hour hour slot!
We have had a difficult year. One thing that has become abundantly clear is the need to pause, and to value the people and experiences that we fill our time with.
I started writing this blog, as way to acknowledge, discuss and appreciate the many new experiences that I have opened up to, given the opportunity to reevaluate how to use my time, during lockdown. I wanted to connect to others who are having similar experiences.
‘All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’J.R.R Tolkien (Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring)
I started writing my blog during my Easter holidays, from school. I am a teacher and on that first week, on my maiden blogging voyage, I felt (holiday-spirited) as if I had acres and acres of fresh, green fields of time to use and play in as I pleased.
Now, however, that I am back in the busy day to day hustle and bustle of teaching, my time to stop, and think and write, is much more limited. In fact, for the past week and more, I have felt as though I had hardly any time at all. But, as Gandalf says in The Fellowship of the Ring, ‘All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’
So, I have taken the time to sit, to think, and to write. I have organised my kitchen, and enjoyed a lovely tea.
I have taken the time to recommit to myself. To ensure that I remember and choose to do and embrace things that bring joy to myself and to others. On this rainy, grey Bank Holiday Monday, I wish you joy in the time you have to use!