Change IS Time
I opened up my shade this morning to see that it’s pouring. 7:30am and Hurricane Joaquin is approaching. Just a week ago, I was sweating through shirts and buying iced coffee. The weather plays into a city’s collective attitude, and in New York everyone is hustling. I believe that most of this has to do with seeing change and movement all around us here. Seeing changing weather, and seeing a constant urban motion tricks our brain into thinking that more time has passed than it actually has. And that makes us feel like we’re losing time and needing to work more and harder to catch up. Everyone else is working hard or making change, right? So we better be working hard and making change, too.
The only way to measure time without a watch or calendar is to see change. Change IS time. When people go through big changes in their lives, be it a change in jobs, a breakup, a marriage, a move, or even a diet, they make conscious efforts to create change in order to feel like more time has passed.
After a change in jobs, it’s customary to buy some new clothes. A breakup can often lead to a dramatic haircut or massive home cleanup. A marriage results in lots of new gifts and items to change the way you live. A move is all about throwing away old things and rearranging what’s left. We can trick ourselves into believing that more time has passed by creating more change in our lives.
The rain outside is a reminder that Summer is actually over and Fall is very vocal about her presence. And as the world outside me is changing, it’s a good reminder to make sure that I am too. Constant movement and change, with regular pauses and inward reflection to make sure that the direction I’m facing when I move is always forward.