Lately, it’s been striking to me when people say “that seems like a lifetime ago” or “it feels like it’s been a lifetime”.

The lifetime that I most care about was only about 36 hours long (and, really, only about 3-4 hours before brain death from blood loss probably occurred). So many lifetimes end before birth even occurs – but unless you’ve loved a person who died so young, it’s easy to forget about that.

“A lifetime” feels like a strange and flimsy measure of time.