Whitlam Institute

What Matters 2019 Shortlist

What Matters 2019 Shortlist

Tick, tock

Tick, tock

Emily Phi

Year 6, Waitara Public School

Tick, tock, tick, tock. The clock will go on. Tick, tock, tick, tock. Time pushes through mercilessly. No matter what.

A young girl, seated beside her grandmother's bed. Tears well in the corners of her eyes. Her grandmother slowly lifts her frail hand to touch the girl's cheek.

“Be brave,” are her last words before she gently drifts into a calm peaceful sleep. Yet another victim of time.

Tick, tock.

A man, watching his son graduate. A lingering sadness punctuates the euphoric atmosphere. He is proud but nostalgic. It seems like just yesterday that his son was starting school. However, inside is a deep frustration. Regret that he didn't keep the memories, regret that he didn't cherish them. The moments are gone. Time flies, and he can't go back.

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A woman, staring at the mirror. She stands in the bathroom surrounded by makeup and skincare products. She tries to mould her face, pinching her nose and lifting her cheeks. Hurt ebbs in her heart. No matter how much cream she smears on herself, she will not feel or be the same.

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Time has robbed mankind of many gifts. Life. Happiness. Youth. It snatches it from right under you, yet no one notices until it is too late. Slipping away quietly until there is none left.

One of the hardest things to do, is to put off procrastination. One of the largest thieves of time. Delaying, dithering, wasting time. It is all the same. We have all fallen under its powerful influence at one point or the other. Sometimes, it's so much easier to sit and think. To let your mind take over and to let allow your thoughts to wander. However, in the back of your head, is a little nagging sound. Something that you ought to do, but 'nah' is your only reply. When you snap out of your despondent trance, you realise that it is too late and that time has run away once again.

That's is why you must use every single second to your advantage. Allow no minute to slip out of your grasp. Life is too short to let the little things bother you. However, you must let the small things make you smile. A kind gesture. A beautiful sunset. A calm night sky. The smallest things can make or break your day, but it is your decision to believe whether it is worth it.

“You may delay, but time will not,” was a quote by Benjamin Franklin. Truth lies within those words. However, sometimes a bit of procrastination will do a person good.

Occasionally, life will not go to plan, and it is hard to stay positive. At times like this, it is best to just sit down for 5 minutes and think. Do not quit, just have a break. Other than that, use your time wisely. Money can't buy more minutes, science can't create more hours. Use time to your advantage and live life to the fullest.

Tick, tock.