Tick Tock Said The Clock

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Today I got lost in the clock room at the British Museum – I love this place, tracing back to when & how people first started measuring time. On the one hand, it makes me reconsider my own notions of time; how I spend it and how precious it is with each passing day. On the other hand, my mind races ahead to a place where everything is infinite and knows it’s not bound by the hour. The ultimate discrepancy: Time versus Infinity.

Reflection: The human appetite for time is endless; it’s the most precious commodity, but the sorrow of lost time becomes a permanent hole in the human heart.

Result: We’re consumed by the count – Dictated by the ticks, move with the tocks. Pause for the chimes, obsessed with the clocks

But there are consequences to counting the moments when you measure time with a clock. How very human of us to do so; to mark the minutes, but not use them wisely. To measure the days length instead of focusing on its miracle. I suppose that’s why I like my clocks broken…

But… this all fades behind a shadow I suppose. I’m romanticising about a concept which may as well be considered mythical; to stop counting time and live it instead, that notion is dead (like long handwritten letters and mix tapes on cassettes)

The night is a harbour for my mental frolicking and tonight, the sands of time played the hero of the hour – but in real time, my watch is telling me I should sleep, for my alarm is due to go off soon; the day ahead brings fourth reality, and not even I with my broken clock can escape the scheduled living of the 21st century. We are all the white rabbit falling into a hole, but our descend is never destined to end in Wonderland….

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day. Here we go again…

*Tick Tock Said The Clock* * *My Mad Hatters Rant*

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Diary of a Deluded Heart

Written: April 1st 2015
Published: July 1st 2016

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19 thoughts on “Tick Tock Said The Clock

  1. Time is definitely a romanticized concept for everyone and everything. How can we say such a thing does and does not exist at the same time, that we can use and waste minutes, that we count the day and not experience it? All very strange.

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    1. True. Life is made up of little contradictions. But we only live one lifetime… I suppose it’s up to us to decided whether we choose to obsess over the time IN our life, or having the time OF it…

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  2. I’ve just recently left the life of a wage slave, ruled by a clock that was invented to make trains run on time and factories function in the 19th and 20th centuries. No one rides the train much anymore, and the factories around here closed a long time ago. They’re reopening as breweries and funky restaurants. That sense of regimented time has migrated out with the factories to low-wage places where there always was a different sense of when to do what. I wonder what it’ll do to them? It kind of twisted us up, a bit.

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    1. Perhaps there’s a reason why the low wage factories didn’t match the efficiency of the main, regimented factories; under the rule of the clock we move like clockwork. But then to be thrust into a place so loosely governed by time, that’s bound to twist everyone up. Sometimes I feel like people seek out a form of exterior ruling; when we’re in control of our own hours and left to our own vices, somehow it just escapes us

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      1. That was certainly true for me. As long as I can remember I kept saying I wanted to be a writer, but somehow never managed to stick to it. Then in my 30s I changed careers and got into newspaper journalism we are deadlines ruled everything. That taught me the kind of disappointing I needed of applying the seat of the pants to the chair, and that made all the difference, even when I wasn’t working in that world anymore.

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      2. Very true. Especially when it comes to the creative arts, we all need that discipline gluing us down. It’s tough to conjure the will most times though- that vital willpower that allows you to do what you said you were going to do, when you said you were going to do it – and it’s this lack of willpower that’s a disease. But in the words of Winston Churchill, “As long as we have faith in our cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied to us.” =)

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      3. It took me a while to get into self-help books but I’m quite fond of them now – I find that each one leaves a unique trail. I’m currently reading “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert and highly recommend it. Thanks for this link. I just read from the website and it seems like it speaks the same language! I’m looking forward to delving into the subject more

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    1. I have such a deep fascination with time that I can’t help but keep coming back to it. And more than working clocks, it’s the spirit of broken clocks that captures me. Thank you so much for your kind words, that’s very reassuring to hear! The next time I’m inspired to write about time I’ll have you in mind =)

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