Peace Out, Ghostie.

Time, or the disappearance of it rather, seems to be the topic of ALL discussion lately. ‘It’s fall already!’ ‘How are we so old?’ ‘Oh, what I’d give to have those years back!’  Time. There’s that weight. That ghost in the back of our minds, taunting us, smirking at us. Asking us if we have accomplished all we’d hoped to by this point in the forcefully constructed trajectory of our lives.

But what if I were to tell you that ‘time’ does not exist at all? Not as we understand it anyway. (Yea yea, I know- but try and stick with me)

If you are anything like me, you have been conditioned to view time as a linear passage. A tightrope connecting the past to the future, with the ‘now’ balancing somewhere in between, carefully progressing in a single direction.


Don’t take my word for it. Just ask Albert:
 “People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” – Albert Einstein

Think of the univeopen_book-LOMO_style_photography_Desktop_third_series_mediumrse as a book. Each page of the book represents a single moment in your world and you only have the foresight to go through one page at a time, sequentially. In reality, every page or moment is already in existence- already written. You could have chosen to read page 325 before page 233, but you’ve just been conditioned not to. (HOLD THE PHONE! You mean we can skip ahead?!) Heck, if you scored yourself the e-book version, you could conjure up multiple windows side by side and devour the different pages simultaneously. All those moments would exist at once. That is our world. Makes sense? Time is not holding you back. Only what you THINK is true of time is holding you back. Lose the bookmarks and dog ears and you just might realize you can choose your own adventure. (Looks like Goosebumps had it right all those years ago)

Meanwhile, we have a desperate fixation on this tightrope – this balancing act – so careful not to veer off course, lest we lose hold of these moments we consider so fleeting. A friend once said “sometimes, the nostalgia is better than the reality,” and while I do not recall the context at this point, those words always stuck. In the same sense, I think we would all agree that the anticipation can be almost as good. And so we spend our lives in a constant state of eager anticipation and bittersweet reflection, and without even realizing it, we completely extinguish those very moments to which we allocate so much importance. Jump off the tightrope with me?
Every moment we have ever experienced and every moment we will ever experience exists right now. And each of these moments will exist forever. As for time- well, that doesn’t really exist at all. So why do we allow ourselves to be haunted by all the voices and the whispers ? Maybe, just maybe, it is time to give up the ghost.

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