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Get time on your side

It can feel as if our lives are run by the clock, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Eleanor Tucker explores how other cultures view time, and learns some valuable lessons about how to live a less restricted life
ILLUSTRATION JACKIE PARSONS

One morning, my fouryear-old daughter Phoebe asked me if it was time to go out for lunch. It was 9am. I explained that we would have to wait, but she had a better idea. ‘Just change the time on the kitchen clock to lunchtime, then we can go.’

Children often make us question things we take for granted. In this case, Phoebe showed me how rigid our perception of time really is. Of course, a restaurant has to have specific opening hours, but why can’t time be moved around to suit us, rather than being in control of our daily lives?

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