TICK TOCK. Here we are at day 9 of the official lockdown with only 12 days to go before the magic three weeks are up and who knows how much longer after then ? This worrying ‘state of limbo’ waiting for life to restart, has been much discussed in the media of late. In the normal hectic day we don’t get the time to think about it; there is too much to do and too little time in the day. Tempus Fugit. With the lockdown it certainly seems for many that time has travelled more slowly, but when it comes to time definitions are many and usually contradictory. If you want to be really baffled just look up time on Wikipedia, there are pages and pages of theories. To quote just one sentence, ”Time has long been an important subject of study in religion, philosophy, and science, but defining it in a manner applicable to all fields without circularity has consistently eluded scholars.” So next time you feel that this isolation is an imposition on your time, take the positives out of it. You can hear the birdsong and see more stars, reminisce on the past, sort out that cluttered cupboard you had been meaning to do for ages, not feel guilty about reading that book, or binging on that box set, listen to a whole album in one go, talk over whatsapp or on the phone for as long as you like, learn that new skill you never learnt or even just do nothing for a while. To summarise, with a little help from Tolstoy , There is nothing stronger than patience and time.