” Fellow South African…”, a phrase our president Cyril Ramaphosa often says when he is about to relay an important message to the country. He did so about three weeks ago, telling us of the state’s decision to enforce a lock down. Back then, 21 days seemed like it would be so long. 21 days of being indoors for most people, unable to do what we are used to doing. As I write this today, it was supposed to be the last day of lock down, going back to things tomorrow. But back then, it had seemed like this day would never come.
Time. Remember how you wanted to start an academic program 3 years ago and thought three has is a very long time and you are probably way too old? Remember how, when you started school, Grade 12 seemed far away but now you are a postgraduate student? Remember how you wanted to go to that sewing class or start that Bible reading program that took a year to cover the Bible but a year seemed like forever? The story of time.
Time does fly, and only the mover fly with it to get something out of it. It is not a competition. The pace is entirely up to you. If there is anything you want to do but feel it will take forever, just go ahead and do it, your future self will thank you for it. It might seem like you will never get there, but just as everything has come and gone, the time will also pass. Start.
“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, not the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”