The smart phone application ‘Timehop’ appears to be completely taking over my Facebook and Twitter pages, as more and more people are downloading it to look back at what happens don that exact day, 1,2 or however man years before. In theory, I love this idea. I have said that I love to reminisce, but I also hate to do it.
One reason is purely because it is proof of how bloody fast time flies, and like sand, it can just pour through our fingers. This will sound stupid but I am scared of time. I am scared of how little we have of it, how much of it we waste, and how much of it we spend looking back at other pieces of time within our own history. I reminisce constantly and tell myself how fast time has gone and I hate it! I feel like I am just in a trance and time is going by without making any real impact on me. This is what scares me.
It is this what I think makes ‘Timehop’ so mad. I will not download this app, I refuse to, because it just puts it directly in front of me that I am missing out on stuff, I am forgetting people, and that life is drifting away. Sure, I may be taking this a bit too far and making it awfully dramatic, but to me it needs to be.
Time is something we cannot buy, something we cannot store away, or hid. We use it there and then. We are given it and we chose what we do with it. An app like ‘Timehop’ just shows us that maybe we aren’t really going there, maybe we are really wasting time. In that sense, great! But in the sense of time-consuming hours of reminiscing, I find it terribly frightening. We have so much time we waste that we need to make into something, we need to use it, for ourselves or for others. We do not need to be sat down for even more time on our phone looking back at what we did a year ago. I do not want to wast even an extra five minutes of my life on useless reminiscing. Instead, I prefer to look and go forward. Like a sailing ship, I do not want to keep looking back at where I have been, but where I need to go, what I need to miss or steer away from, and what I need to head for. I do not want to end up on a pointless desert island wasting time and therefore life. This is a massive over-explanation of ‘Timehop’ really. It is no time machine, it cannot make us change the past, yes it may inform us of where we have got to, or where we are going.
Then again, are we just ignoring the boundaries of reminiscing with nostalgia. Are we looking back at days of ease and peace? Days of simple coursework and not of self-destructive assignment. Are we looking back at hope, at support, a picture may just tell us that we are heading forward. Maybe ‘Timehop’ is one giant piece of evidence. We can use it to say we are heading forward, we are doing good. Instead of maybe the more useless task of simply looking back at would could be, and what needs changing.
In truth, no one can tell someone else not to look back. I know I just have to tell myself to stop it so as to not get stuck in the past, time has taken enough from us all, we do not need to give it any more.