The Best Kept Secret of the Universe

   Too much, too little. Too fast, too slow. We all hate it either way: time. The definition of science for such phenomenon continues to live with us—the planets rotating on their respective axes and their revolution around no other than the center of the solar system, the life cycle of stars, dark matters, the fastest energy of light, and just about everything cosmic. Despite the privilege coming from the knowledge this gives us, it still isn't enough to unlock such mystery of the universe. But an attempt to explain our fear of time may seem too vague and too general of a statement. After all, time just may be the root of most, if not all, of our human fears. Here, we shall wander around the streets of the mortality we possess as human beings and man's most impactful discovery which is measuring time itself. 

   In the famously life-changing book The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, two relatable characters possessing very distant characteristics face problems associated with time. One, a teenage girl, asks for time to stop completely for her (essentially death), while the other, an old man, wants more time. He asks for his body to be "preserved" so that in the future, his body could be defrosted and he could live once more. Father Time's task is to show these two what the future holds if they continue to pursue their plans of defying the time they were granted. The girl who believed there was nothing left to look forward to in life is shown just how many people actually love and care for her. The old man, however, is shown that his preserved body isn't just stored, but was also heavily experimented on. Basically, this novel gives us another definition for time aside from the one provided by science: time is uncontrollable by anyone. 

   In simpler situations, we face extreme battles with time. And a battle is a coin with its two faces, the victorious and the defeated. Timed examinations and competitions, deadlines, schedules: they're all associated with time and more specifically, numbered time. In the twenty one pilots song "Migraine", we can all find ourselves agreeing to the defense, "I do not have writer's block my writer just hates the clock". Time is a very pressuring phenomenon, as it leads to very complex human emotions in the end.

   With the fear of time comes the fear of oblivion. Who will remember me, a very, very tiny member of the universe, when we die? This is the start of an alarming chain of thoughts that just might lead one to anxiety. So instead of believing mortality to be a disgrace, why not think of it as some sort of blessing? It's with us for a reason, and there could only be two interpretations: that it is the downfall of being human or is indeed the beauty of life. 

Text and Visual by Iya Perez