What is a year?
365 days, 12 months, 52 weeks
The time between 2 birthdays.
Is that all there is to it?
In one year, and the actual reason for the concept of a year, the Earth completes one whole orbit around its star, our Sun.
Totalling a distance of 940 million kilometres, that is an almost unimaginable distance, and to do this it has to maintain an average speed of 108 000 kilometres per hour.
Mind-blowing stuff right?
And as if that is not exciting enough the Earth spins around 365 times, which give us our days, and the moon orbits Earth 13 times, this is why the lunar calendar is a bit different from the Gregorian one.
Seasons will change, hot to cold, wet to dry.
Tides will come in and out, all forms of precipitation will fall to earth, storms will rage and butterflies will miraculously appear from something that used to be a crawly squishy worm.
Valentines day, Easter, Birthdays and Christmas will be celebrated as part of a consumer society…
But is that all it is, the ever present, unavoidable, unstoppable forward rush of time, simply passing us by, or if we are lucky sweeping us with it.
What can a year hold for one such as you and me?
How different can we, a year from now, be from us today?
Seems an easy thing and also a very hard thing to imagine, all at once.
1 year, 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525600 minutes, 31540000 seconds…
That is what we have to work with
An amount that is never ever constant, the seconds are less now than when you read the amount two sentences ago.
It is a pace that can make the heart beat faster and faster and make sweat run profusely.
But time is not a monster out to get us
If we wield it right and exploit its abundance, then it is our ally, the space in which we can thrive.
It is the universal constant, what we all share in equally.
Here is to making the most of every second.