We measure time in years, to see just how long it will take us to comprehend something. Growing old, how long we work, how long we spend time with our loved ones, how long we have to make the most of our life.

If that is the case, years are basically a measure of our experience. You go to school when you are seven, date at 18, work right after university at 22, have your first grandkid at 70. Years measure the past.

Years also measure the future. Five years from now, I’ll be shining in my career and 20 years from now, I’ll be 44 and living a steady life. We use years to plan and outline our long term plans. To see what we can only see when we’re actually there. Years are tools for our lives; we just don’t realize it yet.

The next time someone says a year is just 365 days of living, tell them that it’s more than that.