I think this is a generational thing, but find somebody who can tell you the time by looking at his/her wrist. I’ve made the observation that youths don’t wear watches to tell time and elders don’t need to know the stinkin’ time anymore. Actually, the younger folks I know do wear watches as jewelry — or with so many doo-dad features on them you’d think they were preparing for either deep space or deep-sea diving. They use their phones to tell time. My friends who are either close to or in retirement don’t feel compelled to conform to any temporal timelines. Most figured they earned the right to call their time their own and rise and set with their own circadian rhythms.
Me? I have a couple of watches, but since the advent of the watch battery I find that all of them need to go to the either the jeweler to have the battery replaced or I have to coax G-man (in this case let’s call him Geppetto- Man) into breaking out his tools and magnifying glass to replace them. Of course, each watch takes a different size battery so tack on search and acquire time to the exercise. So I think it was about a year ago that I gave up wearing a watch full-time. I’m not retired, but I’ve noticed the time is everywhere…. on my car dashboard, on my computer in either the top or bottom right corners, on my old-lady cell-phone, on every kitchen appliance. I haven’t missed an appointment or shown up late either. Which isn’t to say that I don’t admire timepieces as either ornamental or functional, but I do chuckle a little at the advertising for them. Seems celebrity (particularly athlete) endorsement is still the preferred pitch for high-end watches, yet I doubt my purchase of this fine timepiece will improve my serve or shave a few nano-seconds off my “personal best.”
I’m not advocating we return to the days of the sun-dial…. or heaven-forbid those funky digital clocks that flipped the numbers (immortalized in the movie Groundhog Day), but time is a man-made concept. The world continues to spin and sun rises and sets whether we mark it or not. Enjoy your bracelets with little clocks on them — or not, but do remember to carve out some time for the people and activities you love. Because it is true we can’t make any more.