Give yourself this gift.
Every day, I deal with all kinds of “time.” There’s an odd and beautiful book called “Einstein’s Dreams” by Alan Lightman that talks about time. In one section, it’s posited that you are either ruled by time or are a ruler of time. Either you let time control you, or you control time.
Day to day, I think most of us are ruled by time.
There’s deadline time, where something needs to be done by a specific time and date, or there will be trouble.
There’s appointment time, which for me, means I’m inevitably going to arrive five minutes late.
There’s “ugly early,” which is generally a time that someone is paying me to be awake and functional that goes against the very grain of my being (which I’m happy to do because getting paid is awesome).
There’s lost time, where you realize that hours have passed, and you know you haven’t accomplished very much at all.
There’s travel time, where you are at the mercy of plane tickets, security checks, traffic delays, and distances that need to be covered.
There’s even island time, which teaches you the value of being flexible with your own personal concept of time by learning to move a little slower and to nap during the hot parts of the day.
There are plenty of other “times,” — but the one I want to give to you is the concept of river time.
River time is unique: a mix of equal parts river current and mileage, bordered by sunrise and sunset. You put a raft into the current, and you are on River Time from that moment on. The time it takes to get downriver is simply the time it takes. Sure, there’s camp to be made and broken, but that’s just part of the flow. River time removes all those other times from your immediate future. It really kicks in on day two when you realize you are on River Time for the next X number of days. No phones. No email. No texts. Just you and the river. The world slows down, and you move at the pace of the sun, moon, and weather.
River time is a gift.
At some point, the float ends, and the world rushes back at you. Everything needs to get packed up and off the river. You get back in the truck and need to get home by a particular time and date. The phone lights up, and your messages flood in. Project deadlines become real again.
What you have, though, can’t be taken away from you. The experience of river time sticks with you and carries you through all those other “times.” I can’t wait for river time.
PS Come on my river trip. July 12-21, you and 14 other creative folks get to be on river time. You can download the brochure here, and check out the writeup: