11/08/17 - Ocean Classroom 2017: Flow of Time

Ocean Classroom 2017: Flow of Time

Ethan

November 8, 2017: Ten days left in Ocean Classroom. How has time gone by so quickly since we left home? It feels almost like a foreign concept to me, like somehow during Ocean the rotation of the earth has sped up, propelled by an unseen hand faster and faster. Perhaps my skewed perception has been altered so by the frequent wake-ups and infrequent sleep. Or maybe its ashore where my timeliness is in question. Could this be how the passage of time really is, merely slowed by the ease and accessibility of communication, information, and environment? Maybe I will never know. Or maybe they are both just as real interpretations as each other, and time is not simply a straight, constant path through our lives. How can we define time, limiting it to the face of a clock, when we have no control over either our own perception of it or the “actual” flow of time? Maybe there is no actual flow of time, and it exists only as our minds attempt to give meaning and definition to the one thing that is seemingly constant throughout our lives. Or maybe I am overthinking things, and I just don't want to have to leave Ocean. Even though this past week has been one of the most intense I've ever spent, with academics stacked atop the need to maintain the vessel and ourselves as well as the inevitable pressure created by the influx of communication and interaction we will experience after departing Roseway. I can't think of anything I would rather be doing. Well, at least not now. I probably could while cleaning the head. But being able to completely surround myself with the environment of Roseway and my shipmates is something I will never be able to recreate. No matter how challenging it may be, it is all worth it to be able to be aboard Roseway.