“The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say” – Pink Floyd
Time, the epic track by Pink Floyd, is one of my all-time favorite songs. It speaks of the never ending paradox that is the human perception of time. When we are young, we can’t wait to pass the time, yearning to get older and have more freedom to chase our dreams. Yet, when we are older, we can never find enough time to accomplish our childhood aspirations.
Time is an extremely delicate entity. Too much drives boredom, but too little can lead to the destruction of objectives. It is a resource that we all spend so much effort trying to optimize, yet have very little clue how to properly utilize when it is given to us out right.
Time’s complexity extends well beyond this however. So many great ideas have floundered due to poor timing. Tablet computing, for instance, existed long before the iPad. It took the perfect storm of timing and execution to bring this product category to the forefront.
The same principle of timing applies to relationships and virtually any opportunity. You could meet your soulmate tomorrow, but if they are leaving next week to go halfway around the world, I am sincerely apologetic. The timing is just not right – what a bitch.
Timing is a reality we must all accept. It is a resource that we must realize can only be contained to a certain degree. Like the forecast of oil pricing, we can hedge our bets, but there will always be outliers.
Control what you can control, always. Put yourself in the best position that you possible can to succeed, but do so with the wisdom that there are a certain set of variables that extend beyond your reach.
The usual culprit? Timing.