7. 12. 2021

English Version | Editor's Letter: The Time issue

by Sofia Lucas


“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Time is not only at the center of the organization of our lives, it is fundamental to the way we live it. We know that time impacts memory, but it is also memory that creates and shapes our temporal experience. It is memory that creates the elastic properties of time. It not only gives us the ability to evoke a past experience, but to reflect upon it with awareness. That's why we often recall, as if in slow motion, images of outstanding moments. We feel that time speeds up as we get older or we lose track of time when we're on vacation. We will never have complete control over this temporal dimension. Time will warp, confuse, and entertain, however much we learn to handle its abilities and magic.

However, the more we learn, the more we can try to mold it according to our will. We can slow down or speed up. Time can be our greatest friend or foe. All that exists is now. We can gain experience with the past, but we cannot relive it or change it; and we can plan the future, which will always be unknown until it becomes the present. Traveling through the time of our lives is one of the mind's greatest gifts. It makes us human and special. Time is precious, and your main measure should be now. The more we are focused on the past or the future, the more we miss the now. And at the end of the day, or more precisely at the beginning of the day, the most important thing is this new beginning. Twenty-four hours, one thousand four hundred and forty minutes or 86,400 seconds. Live them, knowing that this is your greatest treasure. Which is given to you and taken away every day.

Translated from the original on Vogue Portugal's Time issue, published december/january 2021-22.
Full credits and story in the print issue.