Only Time Will Tell

Bethel, Alaska

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but, actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint– it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y winey… stuff…” –Dr. Who, S03.E10, “Blink”

As an avid Dr. Who fan– otherwise known as a “whovian”– this quote has always stuck with me.  Not only do I find the quote to be funny, but somehow, looking back at this crash-course of a week, I also find that it ring with a certain amount of truth.

Since arriving in Omaha, time has seemed to pass in a strange manner. While the days can seem long while we are sitting through lessons, at the same time, the week has seen to fly by.  It seems unreal that we are actually about to embark for Alaska because I feel as if I have been anticipating this trip for so long that it can’t actually be happening now.

I am sure that in the next couple of day that reality will hit me.  It may not be until I am sleeping in the Anchorage air port, but I’m pretty sure it has to hit eventually… When it does, I am curious to see whether I will be more nervous or excited. One the one hand, Alaska is a state that holds such an idyllic place in my mind. Glaciers, snow, and endless sunlight– plus my love of photography– could be a dangerous threat to my sleep levels… On the other hand, I know that I am in for a week of hard work.

There is no way I can deny that the reality may be much harsher than my expectations. However, I almost think that the uncertainty is the best part. You can’t expect anything worthwhile to come out of life if you are not willing to put in the requisite work to earn your achievements in life. The Doctor cannot travel through time and space without seeing both beauty and chaos. It is the balance of the two that makes it worthwhile for him.  He cannot learn more about himself or about others unless he opens himself up to both the good and the bad in life.

You cannot appreciate the beauty in the world without the contrast of chaos.  You cannot become a better person without hard work.  Only time will tell if I can achieve a deeper understanding of life in the reality of this small Alaskan town that will be my home for what are bound to be 15 of the most interesting days of my life.

Claire Storey

About Claire Storey

My Name is Claire Storey. I am a Journalism and Graphic Design double major with a minor in English. I have always had a passion for travel and for sharing in the life experience. I aim to help convey the human experience by expanding my world view and revealing it to others.

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