“Time is basically an illusion created by the mind to aid in our sense of temporal presence in the vast ocean of space. Without the neurons to create a visual perception of the past and the future based on all our experiences, there is no actual existence of the past and the future. All that there is, is the present.” ~ Abhijit Naskar
I used to track a lot of things on a daily basis.
- Sleep Patterns
- Activity levels
And then I tired of it. I tired of charging the devices, and checking them, and worrying about how much activity I was or wasn’t getting. I grew bored with checking my heartrate — did I think I was going to have a heart attack? I have a heartrate, that’s all that is important. I’m active at different levels throughout the day. Every day I do yoga stretches; somedays I run, others I ride the bike. Still other days I simply walk the dog, enjoying nature as I go.
I still track my runs, purely because I want to know how far I’ve gone and to be able to check my pace. It isn’t the be all and end all for me. I rarely run for a specific distance or to reach an expected pace. I do intervals of walking/running for prescribed amounts of time and choose at the beginning how many intervals I want to do. I don’t really care what distance I cover. I do tend to give a rat’s ass about my pace as I like to see improvement as I recover from my knee surgeries.
I like the lazy days at home where I don’t even put a watch on my wrist. I have things to do and I do them. Period. They get done without the need to constantly be checking the time. There are other clocks I see in passing. Both the stove and the microwave show the time. My phone has the time on the cover screen should I feel the need to know. I rarely do.
I just decided one day that I didn’t care. All those measurements and data I was tracking really didn’t mean that much to me anymore. It didn’t change my goals or my actions. It was just something else to worry about. Life is too important and needs to be enjoyed rather than pigeonholing it into tiny compartments.
To many more days of timelessness.
To many more days of enjoying the here and now.
To many more days of enjoying the journey and not fixating on the destination.