S1E1 - Clocks: Do We Always Know the Right Time?
Being on time, picking the best time, wasting time, there are so many ways we give time its due in our day-to-day life, and clocks all around us help us know how we’re doing with our hopes for time. I watch the clock and make sure I have just enough time, I check my phone all the time for the time, my watch ticks away, there are clocks on the stove and in the car, it’s everywhere. Constantly thinking about time for arrival is one of the banes of my existence. Not wolfsbane luckily, so I’m doing ok. But some weeks it gets overwhelming (or at least tiring) to have so many commitments based on the clock. How often do we let ourselves have a day without anything specific planned? I think I have one coming up in May, and I’ll fight to keep it that way every time something comes up that could foil my plan to not have a plan. Until that day, I have a big goal: to stop running at the very last minute to everything I don’t get in trouble for being late to. Even an extra 5 or 10 minutes goes a long way to calming that hectic running from thing to thing all day pain. In fact, maybe I’ll write this podcast each week when I’m early to something! And someday, I want a whole week of unencumbered clockless time, and I think back to growing up in Chico, teenage summers riding bikes, swimming in rivers, Thursday evening farmers market hangouts... What would adult life be like at home here in Oakland, not on the clock for a week? Ahhhhhh. Why do I always leave town when I could be reading, listening to music, hiking, gardening, watching movies, napping, cleaning to keep the environment relaxing, sometimes just sitting. Insert your version here. This is the feeling I want sometimes, knowing I have lots of options of what I could do and nothing I really need to do. Do I want 25-hour days? Nah, wouldn’t make a difference. I want more flexible days to be myself, not anxiously awaiting the next thing in the calendar.