Time is on our side.
Or is it? That song got it wrong, I think. Time isn’t always on our side. We never know how long we’ve got, when it will all be snatched away from us. We never know when those we love might be snatched away from us, when circumstances might change, the earth shake or the sky fall. Time is unreliable, fickle, and always running out. Time is a thief, taking our youth, our vitality, our innocence, our belief that we are immortal.
But as time takes with one hand, it gives with the other. Time lets us love and be loved, lets us explore and experiment, fall over and get up again, it lets us laugh and feel joy. Time teaches, gives wisdom and experience, allows us to relax and decide what’s important, helps us hone skills and appreciate the value of practice and failure.
Time, any time that we are given, any time that we have, is ours for the taking. If we do that, whether just for a minute’s pleasure and relaxation in the middle of a hectic day, or for a snatched half hour yoga session, or five months travelling and exploring and discovering new lands and old favourites, time really is on our side. Yes, it is.