The Great Time Illusion

If you have ever hung out with me, you would probably have realized that I’m very particular about time. Not in the sense that I’m always on time and all that nonsense haha! but in the sense that I always make an observation of how fast time flies. The reason for this is that I’m always fascinated by the great illusion of time or maybe am just easily amused, who knows! Regardless however, it’s hard to debate the fact that time is just one of those things nobody ever has enough of.

You see by modern standards 24 hours feels a lot like 12. A month feels a lot like 2 weeks. A year feels a lot like 6 months. An academic year feels a lot like a summer program. A financial year feels a lot like a quarter. And just to put things into perspective; and am sure you’ve all faced this too, do you ever log into your Facebook account and find out that it’s a friend’s birthday and then think to yourself does this guy/girl have 2 birthdays a year? I could’ve sworn I just wished him/her recently.

Life huh?!

There has been a lot made out about the rapid nature of our time. However the one thing I can say about time that hasn’t already been said, is that it can be many things morphed into one. For one it can be a great healer, just ask anyone whose lost a loved one or been heartbroken. For others it can be a great educator, just ask anyone whose been through prolonged hardships. Ironically though for most it can also be a great deceiver.

It is said that the devil’s greatest trick was convincing the world he didn’t exist. Well time could just be the devil himself in this context because frankly we are all so preoccupied with worldly things that we regularly forget things such as what day of the week it is or which weekend we did what and which month we went where. It’s almost as though we are watching a movie of our lives that’s sped up.

I also honestly think it’s a bit of a cliche to ask of everyone to slow down, press pause and smell the flowers, when we all know for a fact that we will eventually press play and continue with what we were doing. But the one thing I can leave you with is that life is a lot like that one or two weeks of study leave before final exams. You can either choose to spend it wisely and make the best use of it or you could just let time do it’s thing and let it all pass you by.

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: ”Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth before you become old; your health, before you fall sick; your wealth, before you become poor; your free time before you become preoccupied, and your life, before your death.”

(Narrated by Ibn Abbas in the Mustadrak of Hakim & Musnad Imam Ahmad. Sahih)

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