Counting days, having sense of how long any period of time passes, is something we don’t think about much.
Yet, there is security in it – like prisoners in cartoons, putting scratches on their prison walls. Most of us in ‘minimum security’ now, with regular outings. Some, sequestered longer, but most of us are safe. Most of us are well. Locked up, locked down, locked out.
Vague terms: soon, as soon as possible, and ‘once this is over’ are hard to wrap arms around …
I don’t know with confidence how anyone else feels about certainty.
I like it, I think, in most situations.
Like warm blankets on chilly nights.
I like date-deadlines, unless I’m not ready. Then I hate them. I like knowing when things are going to happen, even if they pinch my pocket (i.e., bills coming due) or disturb my sense of equilibrium (end of vacation, end of a project, end of a relationship.)
If we are counting down days – till the end of something, till the beginning of something, till ‘the event’ – that gives us something tangible. Counting down 14 days of isolation. Or 30 days until something happens. These mental constructs are rooted in math and in certainty.
I am not counting days or counting on any one thing.
Not able to decide if it’s because I am sometimes more receptive or whether you‘re just sometimes a better writer, I have ruled it must be some magical cocktail of both that make Musings like today’s offering stand above others. Well writ and well received, and thank you. Carry on, RH, Calgary, AB
If I’m reading you right Mark, I agree with you completely. I always knew some of us don’t keep up with the “facts” or “truth”, some do whatever we want at any time, and some do whatever we want, in certain situations, no matter what the “facts” or “truth” says. At this point in my life, I’m not sure there are any that always follow the “facts” or “truth”. With COVID-19, the only thing I’m now left wondering is how many of us will follow the “facts” or “truth” if they won’t let us do something we want to do, even if it may be dangerous, including life threatening, for ourselves and/or others. LH, Lethbridge, AB