This morning, I woke up to the warm bright morning sun. I took a look at my clock, which says 6, I knew my clock has stopped. Yes, time to change the battery, I said to myself. So I hastened to my drawer, managed to scour for a small AA battery, pluck the clock out from the wall, replaced the battery. Then I had to wind the clock as it has stopped at 6, and it was then 9 in the morning.
As I wind the clock, I remembered what my mum used to tell me about winding clocks or watches ” You always wind an clocks or watches forward, never backwards as it will ruin the mechanism in the clock works. I’m not sure why but I always followed that.
As I wounded my clock forward, a revelation came to me – isn’t life the same too?
Time in life is linear and one directional – that is – always moving forward. Nonetheless, don’t we like to ‘turn back the clock’ and relive the old times in our minds. Now don’t get me wrong, reminiscence is good – for fond memories. But what about the bad memories?
We all go through disappointments, hurts, failures, mistakes in life. We’ve made bad choices, ended up with lacklustre careers, bad company, broken relationships, and many other heart breaks. While it’s good to retrospect and learn from our mistakes. Yet, human nature in us, likes to dwell in the past, look back and wonder ‘what if’, ‘what could have been’, ‘what should have been’ and all the likes.
Needless to say, time and tide waits for no man (or woman), time lost is lost, what’s in the past cannot be changed. So why do we still like to turn back the clock, back to the past? We can’t turn back the clock, go back in time to change things.
And how can we live our best in the present and towards our future, when we keep looking back, in mourning and regret?
Like any other so-journeyer in this trail called life, I realised I need to move on, keep looking and moving forward. No amount of looking back can undo yesterday.
As the saying goes, it doesn’t matter where we came from, it matters where we’re going.
The only way ahead is to look forward and live, because the Best is yet to Be, you have not lived your best time yet!