Stopping Time


Today, I just came back from a trip to China. It was no vacation since I had to tag along with my dad to his business. And no, I was not forced, rather I forced him to take me. Even though he was there for work, I used it as an excuse to get away from the problems I am currently facing.

For one, I appreciated not having any access to Facebook and Twitter. I really forgot all of my responsibilities. I became disconnected. When I came back, BOOM! Everyone was looking for me. Everyone keeps on looking for me for this and that. Now, I am currently drowning in IOUs.

Nonetheless, I really enjoyed my trip, not just because I got to “relax”, but I got to get a glimpse of the real world. Yes, the responsibilities I handle now are difficult, but the real world is so much worse. I realized now (literally just now, while I was writing this), that it looked like I ran away. I simply tried to forget everything. Now, I wish I forgot everything. I can afford to do this now, but soon, there would be no place to hide.

I am scared. Now that I am back, I am really scared. I no longer need to walk because I have to run- to run to the catch up to the lost time.

A lot of people say that life is like a race. When I was young, I was merely walking the race. In college, I ended up brisk walking, catching a breath every few feet, and getting back on track. I took this 5-day break, and I ended up running this race, and I do not think there is any more time to actually get back to a brisk walking pace- not anymore.

It is good to have vacations. They help us get away and relax. It is that one period in our life where we stop to take a breath. We feel like we are masters of our own time. In these breaks, we stop our time. But when it is over, we realized that we stopped only our time, but nobody stops the rest of the world’s. So we only end up running even faster.


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