The new year makes us think of time

Time of Our Lives: A new year makes us think about time. And there's no time like the present to do what you want to do.
Time of Our Lives: A new year makes us think about time. And there's no time like the present to do what you want to do.

Check out this image of New Year’s Eve fireworks, with the iconic Big Ben in the foreground.

A clock is a fitting theme for a new year. Don’t you think?

Around the new year, time is on the minds of many. Einstein said time was an illusion, but it didn’t feel like it last night.

Some of us stayed up until midnight to welcome the new year. Others stayed up to make sure the old year went.

Many will be delighted to know that 2018 is the year of the dog in the Chinese calendar. For some, 2017 was a dog of a year, too.

Seriously though, dogs deserve a year in their honour for being good companions and all.

Except for the ones that bark too much.

Thing is, Chinese new year doesn’t begin until February 16. So how should we start our new year? What resolutions should we make?

When someone asked us last night what our resolution was, we said “1024 x 268”.

We couldn’t help it. We spend half our life chasing photos. It’s the bane of our existence. But then, a good photo like this one of Big Ben makes it all worthwhile. 

Now we should say that many years ago we resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions and we’ve stuck with it ever since. 

But don’t let that deter you.

Clinical psychologist Jenny McGee reckons it’s a good time for a digital detox.

We’re not so sure about that Jenny.

We know that smartphones and social media are playing with people’s minds, but if they give up these things they might just lose their minds.

Nevertheless, Jenny insists that too much time online is just like other addictions. 

That is, a coping mechanism to deal with stress and overwhelming feelings.

“You can’t just take people’s smartphones away and expect their anxiety will go away,” she said.

That’s probably true, but a lot of us are still trying to get our heads around this brave new world.

When we were kids, our social network was called “outside”.

So to ring in the new year, we’ve decided to leave you with a quote from Brad Pitt in the movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you.

“I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

And if that quote doesn’t speak to you, this famous linguistic saying just might: “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana”.

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Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button.

Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button.