Driven By Time

Driven by time  …. I would think that almost everyone  knows how this is  , everything we do these days  is at a certain time   and/or  has to be done  by a certain time , and look out if it is not  . Even the food we eat has a time limit on it , the drinks we have unless it is just water from the tap also has a time limit on it . All of our transport has times on  , miss a time  you miss the transport , right now I can not  think of a single thing in our lives that does not have a time limit on it , everything has a use by date  ( some people I know  too should have 1 ) lol . So  how did we manage to do this to  get to this point  ? Why have we done this  to ourselves  ? Back  just a few years ago  there was not the hustle and bustle that there is now , seems the further we go forward  the further backwards we go in  timing ourselves and things  , the days these days go so fast and have us clock watching 24 hours  a  day  so we don’t miss something or someone, this makes us stress out so much  but we don’t know how to fix it .

Have you noticed too that even the products we buy , and not talking about food now but  lets start with electrical things , fridges , TV’s , radios , washing machines , stoves , so many things now are only made to last at the most 5 years . Somethings only last till 2 years as that is how long the warranty is on them  , once that time is up * bingo *  product dies , have seen this so many times with things , and these new  * smart phones *  are the worst  , almost to the minute that the warranty is up , they  die and you have to get a new 1  . Same with fridges and stoves and  washing machines. Years ago  a fridge or a washing machine particularly used to last for years , sometimes up to 10 years  before they needed replacing . Then the manufacturers  had a think and decided this was not good for them  , so they designed products that would die within a certain time , planned obsolescence  they called it  , I call it robbery as they did this to make sure we had to spend more money more often  to add to their pockets . Things that used to last 10 years and more now are lucky to make it to 5 years , if they do you have been lucky .

As well as this all our clothes are made cheaply now so they too will not last long so we have to replace them  more often as well , unless we make our own , and not many do this we have no choice but to get more  when  they wear out . Don’t know how many remember  cassette tapes but they too used to last a long time  , now you have trouble even finding any , either that or  you cannot find a tape player to play them on , time has marched past them  ,  as well as vinyl records , though I have noticed some may be making a come back . DVD’s  too do not last , just noticed  1 of my favourites  has  gone off and won’t play properly  so now will have to try and replace that  , seems there is nothing much that does not have a use by date . When you look at the relatively short time DVD’s  have been around  it is annoying that this 1 has  gone off so soon  . To be honest sitting here writing this I am reminded  about  how much even computers have  changed  , some of the first ones  you would be very hard pressed to get to work at all now , the technology has changed so much  they are now past their use by date . Parts we used keep to repair or rebuild our computers now are worthless because they will not work in the new systems .

So  when you sit and work it all out every part of our lives now are driven by time and this to me is not a good thing as we are  always having to keep up or get left behind. Being left behind is not an option either as we need to keep up or find ourselves in trouble  with out of time technology, food, devices,  white goods, etc. you name it if we don’t keep up we just make things very hard for ourselves , we have to keep up we have no choice . We can’t take the risk too much of using out of date things  especially food as you don’t know what it is likely to do to you if you eat it , sometimes it is ok but not always and who wants to take the risk of eating out of date food ? So really speaking  unless we go back to the times when life was so much more simple and  technology free to a point  there is no way to stop this continual  running  to keep up .  It is a never ending drain on us  and the trouble is what gets lost in the mad pace to keep up is our family life , we have to run so much  we just do not have the time anymore to just relax with family or friends and that is a big loss . Friends and family are so important and it is a pity that things have got to this stage  , and even sadder is the fact that we call it progress . I call it  going backwards , seems the more we try to do the less we actually achieve …think about that for a few minutes you will see what  I mean … Yes we are driven by time and I don’t see an end to that anytime soon  but it does not mean  I have to like it  as  I lose too much  together time with  my hubby  and  family as no one has time for each other anymore  …. I for 1 don’t like this at all ……….


First you tell me to be myself, then you tell me to stop being an idiot. Make up your what’s it to be?!

One thought on “Driven By Time

  1. W. H. Davies


    WHAT is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare?—
    No time to stand beneath the boughs,
    And stare as long as sheep and cows:

    No time to see, when woods we pass,
    Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

    No time to see, in broad daylight,
    Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

    No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
    And watch her feet, how they can dance:

    No time to wait till her mouth can
    Enrich that smile her eyes began?

    A poor life this if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.

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