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Keeping Mum#7 Tick Tock

Not the platform to find the Age Space team showing off their shuffle skills, yet.   

But TIME, that elusive commodity – too little or too much – and never the right amount when you need it.  As we appear to be finally on the cusp of clambering our way out of 2020 and the pandemic, time seems to be even more on everyone’s minds right now. 

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The days of lockdown#1 seem a dim and distant memory thankfully.  Time has warped this year entirely.  How to measure it? For some it will be in the grey hair that has emerged since March; the weight gained or lost; the new hobbies and projects started, and in some cases, stopped, although many adopted; the sourdough starter now on its 245th day sitting on the kitchen counter.  The family members we haven’t seen, the friends we don’t really know how they’ve coped.  TIME marching on. 

The 40-minute free zoom call has been one of the biggest revelations.  Initially 40 minutes seemed such an arbitrary amount of time.  It’s turned out to be genius!  There seems to be a 32-minute moment when the conversation starts to flag, or the most talkative participant appears to be gearing up for a full-on rant that could last another 32 minutes; and then 8 minutes later you’re done, over and out, no waving, no funny hand signals or awkward good-byes. TIME. 

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Queuing for online supermarket delivery slots was one of the more bizarre but most satisfying ways of spending time this year.  Remember being 5423nd in the queue and having to hit refresh for hours/days/weeks for the next delivery of loo rolls and flour.  Possibly not as much fun as queuing for Glastonbury tickets, but it’s been a slow year. 

Did the clocks go back or forward at the end of October?  It happens every year (twice) and still we seem to forget about it.  Planning the day, particularly this time of year and this year in particular, is crucial in order to beat the shorter days. Everyone seems to be out walking with renewed vigour and purpose, all rushing to beat the clock and get home, not just in time for tea, but before it gets dark and we return to our (splendid) isolation. 

But, TIME (and the virus) has also been so cruel to so many people this year.  Businesses and livelihoods, health and well-being, life and death.  So, let’s not squander the time we do have however short the day.

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We’ve got 4 months to wait according to the various Drs, Profs and experts who have all done such a brilliant job at rushing to get a vaccine (less time, more speed).  That’s approximately 16 weeks or so; 110 days; the gap between Christmas and Easter. So, we’ve got Christmas, (Hogmanay’s been cancelled by Nicola:(),Dryanuary, Veganuary, Valentine’s Day, half-term, Chinese New Year, Australia Day and countless other Days to look forward to, as well as all those box sets yet to be watched, to-do lists to finish that were started in March, before life might actually return to something approaching what it was like “before”.   

TIME now to take a breath and brace ourselves for what’s still to come, to take the long view, form an orderly, possibly lengthy queue for the vaccine.  What a difference a year makes.  Tick tock.  

Annabel James is the founder of Age Space. Her views are her own.


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