Lens-Artists Challenge #38 – Weathered or Worn
“Sometimes when you are falling down, you grow wings to fly.”
Ann-Christine challenges us this week with her worn or weathered theme. Unfortunately this one is made easier by the number of dilapidated, unattended houses we often see in our travels. The scene captured in my opening image, for example, is from a beautiful golf course my husband and I played in rural upstate New York. I found myself wondering why it was left standing there but forgot to ask as we finished playing. It didn’t help my game that I spent time with the camera during the round but it did add even more interest to a beautiful day 😊.
“You may delay, but time will not.”
Time passes, there’s simply no way around it. We can try to fight it, or we can embrace it and accept the changes that it brings. Along with wrinkles we develop (hopefully) a better understanding of the world around us and our place within it. We may not be as fast as we once were but we become better at finding the best route – both physically and metaphorically. We have a clear idea of the things that are most important to us and we have more free time to focus on them.
“My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
I read something interesting recently in Scientific American about the concept of time growing shorter as we age. It begins to feel as if the days/weeks/months/years are flying by. Actually it’s our brain’s perception of time that is changing. Scientists believe there are several influencers, but one in particular got my attention – “the amount of time passed relative to one’s age varies”. For example to a 5-year-old, one year is 20% of their life. For a 50-year-old it is more like 2%. This “ratio theory” suggests we compare time to the total amount of time we’ve already lived. Huh, who knew?! (You can read the full article here.)
“Time does not pass, it continues.”
My favorite part of the article was its closing thought. The authors suggested we appease ourselves with the knowledge that “time is not literally going faster as we age”. So the next time you feel like it is, take a moment to slow down, notice your surroundings, calm yourself and enjoy the peace and quiet. We DEFINITELY get more of that as we age, right?
“The only things you can ever really do to time is enjoy it, or waste it.”
My husband and I are visiting with family and friends on the west coast this week – an excellent way to pass some very memorable time! Enjoy the moments and we’ll hope to see you next week when Amy brings us Challenge #39.