We all are slaves to this 24 hour cycle our world revolves around. 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, 60 seconds in a minute, etc. etc.
You can't change it. It's a constant. It never ends, never stops, never goes backwards, always moving forward. Constant.
Your day revolves around it, everyone's day revolves around it. Every single person on this planet has a day that begins and ends with the sunrise and sunset and even if you don't pay attention to the sunrise or sunset your universal clock does and if you regard time by any kind of time keeping piece then you are a slave to the sunrise and sunset just like the rest of us.
Regardless of whether or not you notice the actual physical universal timing, your day begins when you wake up and ends when you go to sleep.
And that cycle continues. It's all about time even if you don't have a watch or other time telling device to refer to. Even then, the sun tells time. If you know how to read it, you'll always know what time it is. And when the sun is down, the moon takes its place and you can tell time that way, too.
If it's a new moon and the moon isn't visible you're SOL I guess.
My point in all this is, we all have a schedule of some sort that relates to time. You wake up to an alarm, you're a victim to time. You have to get to work by a set TIME. You have to have lunch at work at a set TIME.
You have to have meals at a set time if you have certain medical disorders so you need to know what time it is.
Here's the relevant part.
Time is relevant to each individual. Let me explain what relevant means by consulting our fine internet dictionary at dictionary.com:
bearing upon or connected with the matter in hand; pertinent: a relevant remark.
Let's say you have an appointment at 3 pm. It's a terribly important doctor's visit that you can't miss. You're in a hurry and the person in front of you is driving the exact speed limit, you're running a little late because of whatever reason, this person irritates you, your blood pressure begins to rise, you are frustrated and want nothing more than to get away from this person but it's as though they are going exactly where you are because they remain in front of you.
And your frustration grows. You get to your appointment on time. Things are fine.
But let's get back to the person who was driving the exact speed limit in front of you and irritating you, who ended up not going where you were headed but in the same general direction. They don't care that you have a very important doctor's appointment at 3 pm. They don't even know you have an appointment. To them, you're just another vehicle on the road. Just another person behind them while they drive to their destination. Which could be anywhere!
They could have been coming home from a funeral. They could have been on their way to a friend's house for a visit. Wherever they were going, they got in your way and frustrated you because you were on a time constraint and they weren't. It's relevant. The matter in YOUR hand was not the matter in THEIR hand and therefore it didn't matter to them. It isn't pertinent to them that you get to your appointment on time. It's pertinent to them that they get where they are going.
It's all relevant.
Just like for a toddler their day starts when they wake up, regardless of what time it is, like say 5 am.
And why? Because they can't tell time yet, they don't care that Mommy and Daddy didn't get to bed until 2 am. They're ready to get up and play and begin their day. Even though Mommy is exhausted, Daddy is still sleeping and so is the babe.
But none of that matters to you, either, does it?
Because it's not relevant to you. So there you have it. An explanation to the age old adage about time.
Now please excuse me while I go lay my child back down and try to explain all this to her. I know she won't care but I have to try.