In the 1994 movie Star Trek Generations the following memorable quote was said.

Picard: Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we’ve lived. After all Number One, we’re only mortal.

Riker: Speak for yourself sir, I plan to live forever.

In a way I find this interpretation of time to be very true. Time can be a predator and strike with agility and speed. For example when a person looks at their watch in the middle of the day and to their shock and amazement and says “It’s three o’clock already??? Where did the time go? I thought it was about two-thirty right now? I am late for my meeting!”

Time also can be seen as a companion for example. When one is involved in a pleasurable moment such as a first date that goes well. We find ourselves sometimes day dreaming about the past moment. And recalling the great time spent together with that special someone, like a retired married couple with forty years of marriage at home sitting in front of the porch reminiscing about how they first met and their first date. The husband of forty years marriage says to his wife.

“Hey honey… Remember when we first met and went out on our first date? We went to that restaurant in Brooklyn and picked that quiet spot to sit, eat, chat and get to know each other? It was just me and you.  And out of no where that out-of-town couple from Sweden, I think their names was Jack and Jill if I recall… And they sat right next to me and you and started talking to us? And after we had left them we thought that was cute getting to know them.”

An unexpected moment happen to the above mentioned couple during their first date, but turned out to be a pleasurable moment that would never happen again within a person’s or couples life time a subject worth reminiscing about. Over all time can be like Jekyll and Hyde… It was be calm, cool, and collective, and then the next moment, without warning it can be fast, mercy less, and maybe even lethal. The identity of time itself has many personalities.

Come to think of it… Time is our very first friend… As soon as we are born and delivered into this world, he (time) is right there with us. What actions we do and leave behind within our own timelines. Will either reflect who we once were, who we are right now and what we might become.

Now granted I have had quite a bit of time on my hands nowadays… Looking for work, adjusting to a life of not working, and as well paying bills and functioning on day-to-day basics as we all do. And for some time now… Ever since I have lost my job, I have budgeted my time. I have gone to a mild extent not to waste my time and be more focused in what I need to do. You learn to “adjust” your time and modify the way you spend your day.

One starts to cut things out like, not going out every Friday night or weekend. You discover that a quiet night home watching television or a DVD can be just as entertaining as going out into Mid-town Manhattan to watch a movie. You discover that the friends that you go into the city with for a bite to eat and some drinks, can be just as fun when you invite them to your place for a pot luck dinner and they bring a bottle and so on. In the rush of life we sometime forget the little things that we enjoy. When more time is given to us we start to realize what joys we have missed and focus a little on what use to make a person happy and laugh. It’s such a dance… Like a tango done with precision and grace. We all try to find that perfect balance of pleasure and work. Sometime the scales might seem imbalanced. But we seem to “make the time” to adjust it.

Time if used and treated wisely can be our best allied against frustration and bad planning. With planning if it’s delayed, then time will slowly start to transform and mutate into the predator. The “Mr. Hyde” will start to show it’s self. And if not watched carefully can just come at you and strike you down without any warning or mercy. Myself I am subjected to plan very carefully for soon my unemployment will end and I might have to deal with time as a predator as bills become past due and I rush against time to make attempts on paying them.

Time affects everyone and no one is immune from its effect. Time waits for no one it marches on. When a person tells you that, “They cannot make the time to do so.” It’s a way of time telling you they have won and concord you. But if you say, “I don’t have the time now, but will do so when I get a chance.” Then you are putting up a fight and continuing your battle. And finally when you say, “I am glad that I had taken the time to do that.” You have won the battle. Of course the battles never end. And in some cases there is more than one battle to be fought at the same time.

But it’s what we put into the fight that matters, we try to go on and advance. Granted there are people that say, “I give up, I can’t do this.” And you start to wonder what you could have done differently. It is within that moment you are actually starting to regroup and think about what you can do to correct the situation at hand. You are taking the time to re-plan your battle whether you realize it or not.

The bottom line is this I think. If you take a moment to plan, research and most importantly explore all your options then you have a chance of making time the best friend that you have and enjoy a rich and full lifetime.

And as Commander Riker told Captain Picard as his reply to his comment about time, “Speak for yourself sir, I plan to live forever.” Then maybe in our own little way… We can feel that we can do anything you like and live forever.


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