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Recently I read a short article that refers to our perceptions of existance, time and our individual place in society and indeed history, and it struck a note with me, probably given my age! In a century’s time for most reading this, we’ll no longer actually be here, having departed for which ever heaven you may (or may not) believe in.But life will undoubtedly go on, providing the world’s warmongers don’t drag us in to some nuclear armageddon. Our very homes, which we regard as sancrosanct and the base from which our lives are built, will house strangers, people unknown to us, maybe not even born yet, and all that we presently possess will be owned by others, or contributing to yet another land polluting landfill. Our treasured belongings, the things that make us who we are, will be probably dated rubbish to those who come after us.


As time passes, our descendants might only have faint knowledge of our existence. How many of us can trace the lineages beyond our great-grandparents? These days we have companies that specialise in tracing genetic links, and for some this is enjoyable and interesting, but for the vast majority, once we’re gone, a brief period of remembrance will follow by those who knew, or knew of us, but eventually, we’ll become mere portraits on someone’s shelf, or, as on this website, grey ghosts in historic photographs. Our histories, photographs, and accomplishments will fade into the vast expanse of time. We’ll cease to be even memories, simply dust in the wind.


Taking a moment to contemplate these thoughts, which perhaps reveal the fragility of our pursuits and the emptiness of our ambition to amass material wealth.Constantly striving for more, we often overlook life’s true treasures. Perhaps realising this, maybe our perspectives and attitudes could undergo a transformation, rendering us fundamentally different people with different approaches to daily life and the world at large. There’s little enough time for what truly matters in this existence.


Imagine having the ability to exchange all the acquisitions for the chance to relish strolls never taken, to embrace those we’ve neglected, to hug our children and loved ones and to share laughter with friends through meaningful conversations we’ve failed to have. These experiences could form the most cherished memories, painting our lives with genuine joy.


Yet, day by day, we squander these opportunities, swayed by desires, materialism, and a lack of patience. The quest for more blinds us to life’s most valuable facets. Reconsidering our pursuits in light of these reflections might just lead us to a more fulfilling and enriched existence, and help us live on in people’s memories long after we’re gone. Every minute of every day is precious, and becomes even more valuable as you get older, use your time wisely.


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