My car clock is an hour behind, yet 15 minutes fast; My bedroom clock is 20 minutes slow; My kitchen clock is 8 minutes fast; and all of my computers are always set for central time (thus an hour behind).
This sounds like the start of a mathematical problem and I that is sort of the point. Time dictates almost all of our daily actions, everyday. Knowing what “time it is” directly effects what we are about to do or even sometimes what we should be doing. I am disgruntled to admit that time plays a huge role in my life.
I feel that I am not in minority when saying that, most days, time is most certainty not on my side (sorry Rolling Stones, I think you lied). I absolutely loathe that time controls my schedule. I do what I want, when I want (but not really).
Having my clocks set at the incorrect time, and all at different intervals, makes me feel that I have a one-up on Miss Time and our society’s obsession with her.
BUT WHY!? Well one, because I am abnormal (obviously) but more importantly, because if I want to look at a clock, to see what time it is, there is some work involved. It is easy, too easy sometimes, to glance at the clock and within seconds know the time. We habitually watch the clock all day. And by doing this, we are subconsciously keeping time on our mind - ALL THE TIME.
However when I want to know the time, I have to first remember at what interval that given clock is running at (okay it’s the bedroom clock, which runs 20 minutes slow). From there I do the math to get the “correct time” (this, minus this, equals this). It seems rather silly, I know this. But in the end, these extra steps that I purposely set-up for myself act as useful deterrents.
Just because time so often controls my when and where - it does not need to control my every second (insert word pun here). Thus, these extra steps make me stop and think before looking at what time it is. AKA: do I really need to know what time it is or do I just want to know. My rational simply being: if I don’t need to know what time it is, then the extra steps are not worth it.
Utilizing time as an effective apparatus vs. Hosting a symbiotic relationship with time