After publishing yesterday’s interview with Baby 2011 PRINT was besieged with emails from representatives for Old Man Time (aka Father Time) demanding equal time. As it is New Year’s Eve and we seek tranquility tonight and a happy subsequent twelve months, we agreed to give the outgoing elderly dude a chance to reflect on 201o.
Daily Heller: So, pops, how’s it going?
Father Time: Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.
Daily Heller: Right! How do you think your year went?
Father Time: Life is all about timing… the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable… attainable. Have the patience, wait it out It’s all about timing.
Daily Heller: Nice. But does that mean you were pleased with 2010, or what?
Father Time: The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
Daily Heller: Hmmmmm. Didn’t Albert Einstein say that? Haven’t you been around long enough to make up your own mind?
Father Time: Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Daily Heller: I hate to accuse you of plaigarism, but I heard Steve Jobs say that. Please just tell me this: Did 2010 meet your expectations?
Father Time: You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.
Daily Heller: Oh man. That’s just a chestnut. A bromide. Can we close on a more revealing note?
Father Time: Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.
Daily Heller: You are as pedantic as 2010 was . . .
Father Time: Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have – so spend it wisely.
Daily Heller: One last question. Where do you go after midnight tonight?
Father Time: There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.
Daily Heller: I hope you get there safely. Thanks for your time.
Father Time: Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. We’re done?
(Read the interview with Baby 2011 here.)