• kyunghee chen

time is a gatherer

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

As the year 2020 is coming to a close, I am thinking about the concept of time and how much it has ruled over my days. Not just this year, but every year. Phrases like

"I wish I had more time"

"There's never enough time"

"It's time for _____"

"Time flew by today"

etc, etc, etc.

Back in September, after months into being in quarantine, I thought about how I've been spending my time all this time, until this moment. We all have experienced the fragility of life in Covid-19 and I know this is what stirred this realization. I no longer was annoyed at time like I used to. I used to see time as a thief - stealing away moments that never needed to end, to making time stand still in seasons that seemed too long.

No, time was not a stranger. It even wasn't a thief.

It was and is, always, a gatherer of gifts. Gifts meaning memories, feelings, learnings, relationships...etc.

Time is on our side, friends. It's up to us to decide what we want to gather.

with love,


(You may read my poem time is a gatherer that was published on Darling)

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