The Butterfly Effect of Time

Time- the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.

Lately, the concept of time has been so fascinating to me. We have all have sat back and talked about this concept before. The intriguing aspect surrounding this is that when you actually stop and think about this concept, the mystery of life’s most universal measurement, becomes even more enticing. Though you’ve stopped to think about it, it hasn’t stopped. It never has. It never will.

Think about this: In February of 1955 a lady named Joanne Simpson gave birth to a baby we would all come to know by the name of Steve Jobs. In that moment, do you think this lady would have ever imagined that they life she just created would go on to change the world of over 700 million people in over 140 countries? 

This is just one thought lately that has been so intriguing to me among others. The idea that one moment in time ignites a butterfly effect for the course of the rest of our existence is so fascinating to me. Whether big or small, every decision we make in life sets the course for what is to come.

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For as long as I could remember, I had my life planned out down to the minute.

I was going to leave home as young as I could. I was going to start my career, live in a big city, and leave my childhood world behind. The memories that had clouded my mind, my thoughts, and my future everytime they resurfaced. Well, needless to say, here I am. Yes, some of my plans actually did happen. I did leave home in my 1997 Saturn full of all my belongings at 17 to “start my life”. In retrospect, I ended up just becoming another victim to the illusion that we have the ability to completely maintain control of our own lives.

The importance of time is what makes it such an abstract, complex aspect of the human experience.

Time is crucial for a functioning society to exist. In reality though, it’s really nothing more than a measurement. It’s just a man-made creation that places seconds into hours, hours into days, and days into years. Yet it is the one thing in this world that unites every single person of existence into a common system of understanding. Everyones lives by it. Day in and day out, a ticking clock, is the single area of our life that is uniform across the globe.

Plans mean absolutely nothing in this crazy, twisted world. 

In such an unpredictable world, maybe planning is the source of our inner peace about the future with obstacles occurring anyways. We can call these moments “set backs” but at the end of the day they are pretty damn insensitive and tend to arrive at the worst possible moments in our perfectly written life story.

People come into our life at a time, for a reason, that we may never understand.

We may never know why we cross paths with someone when we do. Likely, we won’t know why someone entered our life until they have become another chapter in our story.

People come to teach us lessons. They bring us happiness, sadness, and essentially every emotion we feel in life. They open our eyes to new experiences. They help us discover who we are, what we want, and what we don’t want.

People also leave our life for a reason.

They leave because they’ve served their purpose. They leave because they’ve taught us what we needed to learn in that moment in time. These people, the ones that come and go, aren’t meant to stay so don’t hold on for them. Holding on for someone meant to leave is like continually wishing you could go back in time. It won’t happen. It can’t happen.

Often when people close to us leave, whether by our choice or theirs, the pain cuts deep. We feel abandoned, like they left us in the middle of a raging hurricane. We feel like they took our heart with them as they drove away. We often feel betrayed, hopeless, and destroyed.

It’s okay to feel these things in the beginning. It’s essential to feel them to evolve. After a couple of weeks, or months, or however long your personal process takes, you have to step back and reflect. You have to remember that in losing these people, in losing the ones who are toxic or abusive or cruel or careless with your heart, you are gaining so much more. You are gaining self awareness, joy, freedom, peace for another point in time.

We aren’t always going to love our journey.

We won’t always take time to recognize the beautify amidst the chaos but we’ll learn that the journey is whatever we will it to be. Our journey is our journey. We can choose to love it or hate it.

Changing your perspective on time will change your life.

Learn to see moments that turn into experiences. Learn to see experiences that turn into memories. Learn to see memories that turn into lifespans.

Time is a continuum. it doesn’t start or stop. It just pushes along, stretching deep into the unknown future with infinite resilience.

 

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