One should count each day a separate life.

~ Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD) ~

Times Zones Time Travel

December 31st, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 25 secs

Do you find time zones confusing too?

In around three hours time, we will be in 2013. Earlier if you live in New Zealand, Kiribati, Samoa, or Christmas Island. But for many across the worlds various time zones, the New Year is yet to appear.

Despite knowing the principles of time zones, Earth’s rotation and its relationship to the Sun, the whole thing still does my head in. How can we be in a brand new year while others still await the event?

In a way, the time zones are like a minor time machine. We are forever ahead in the future, yet we’re not in the sense that we are all living life together.

When I call someone in London, it’s not with a sense that I am talking to somebody back in time. We speak in “real time” in the self-same moment. Yet, the time zones imply – no, they insist – Tasmanians, and all those folk living close to the International Date Line, exist in the future.

So crowds will count, corks will pop, and people will cheer. Then, like a wave rolling around the Earth, people at different stages will do exactly the same thing again, and again, and again. They won’t stir us, as we’ll be fast asleep, or even enjoying the new day before us.

Like I said, time zones do your head in. People in New York won’t see 2013 until about we reach 4.00pm. Now that really is weird.

But, when at last all the hubbub subsides and every popper has popped worldwide, we will all get there, eventually. Two thousand and thirteen lies before us as a blank canvas, ready for you and world events to fill in the space. Time zones will be irrelevant then. Looking back, they don’t seem to matter. But coming up, we have a lot of living to do (so let’s make it count). Happy New Year to you, whichever time zone you are in!


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