The Persistence of Memory?

Time. What does it mean to you? The passing of one minute to the next. One day. A year. A century. A millennium? Is is even possible to think about that? Or do you think of time as being in the workplace. At school. Monday to Friday. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends. Holidays. Time off – the weekend. When I was teaching my life seemed to be split into term-times. Breaks when I could have a life. If I wasn’t ill, or had a hundred reports to write or coursework to mark. No, let’s not dwell on that time.


Is time a constraint? Or freedom? Do you take the time to stand and stare? To absorb the beauty that is around you? Or do you rush through life hating to waste time.

Time to sleep. Time to dream. Time to contemplate. Time to have fun. Times of drought. Doing ‘time’. A season. An era. The beat of music. And yes, time does go faster as you grow older.

Can time be timeless? Are you having a good time, the time of your life?

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

37 thoughts on “The Persistence of Memory?”

  1. I will give you an A+++ for this post Jude. The photos are perfect, time slipping away, all the different ways we think of time. Yes work time and retirement time are 2 totally different time zones and I know which I prefer. Now the weather has, finally, cooled down to about 28c so I am going to spend some time in the garden taming all the wild and luxurious growth.

  2. I love the melting clocks. Somewhere in our travels I’ve been in a store full of melting clocks … Prague? In hindsight, I wish I had bought one 🙂

    It’s such appropriate imagery for this post though … melting time. That’s exactly how I feel most days – like time is melting away.
    I’ve always been rather obsessed with time – I don’t have enough time, something is taking too much time, it’s getting late, etc …

  3. I love your take on the ‘Time’ challenge Jude, writing and photos. I wish I had more, as we all do, to get everything done…whatever ‘everything’ is… 😉

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