Father Time is the anthropomorphized depiction of time. Father Time is usually depicted as an elderly bearded man, dressed in a robe and carrying a scythe and an hourglass or other timekeeping device (which represents time’s constant one-way movement, and more generally and abstractly, entropy). This image derives from several sources, including the grim reaper and chronos: Greek God of Time.
Around New Year’s Eve many editorial cartoons use the convenient trope of Father Time as the personification of the previous year (or “the Old Year“) who typically “hands over” the duties of time to the equally allegorical Baby New Year (or “the New Year“) or who otherwise characterizes the preceding year.
Father Time is an established symbol in numerous cultures, and appears in a variety of art and media. In some cases, he appears specifically as Father Time, while in other cases he may have another name (such as Saturn) but the character demonstrates the attributes which Father Time has acquired over the centuries.
In more basic terms, out with the old and in with the new. The most popular tradition which coincides with the transformation of the old year to the new is the act of The New Years Resolution. This tradition dates back to 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome who was placed at the head of the calendar. With his two faces, Janus could look back on the past and its events while also looking ahead to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies while also exchanging gifts before the beginning of each year.
As for Father Time, he has been a prevalent part of many cultures throughout the ages. He is known as Pakiž in some countries and is even referred to as the “personification of time.”
But what does Father Time mean to me? Probably how short our lives are. That with each passing year, our time on this planet shrinks that much more. And it is in this thought when I like to take a reflective look back at the memories that make me smile and warms my heart. Fear of what the future brings is common, however, it is also very exciting at the same time. To think, anything is possible! And to believe that.
Though we near the end with the passing of each year, we can also take comfort in knowing that we can pass along our knowledge to our youth. For us old father’s of time, this is our responsibility.
So as we prepare to say our farewell to the year of 2012, and welcome in 2013, let’s reflect on who we were, who we are, and who we want to become - and see if we can’t make all three of these one and the same. Be safe everyone. Celebrate that of what can surely be, believe in what is, and know that the future is in your own hands. nurture this new year with care.
My New Year’s Resolution this year is - “To be a better me.”
Feel free to leave your New Year’s Resolution(s) in the comments section.
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