Gaining an extra second in 2016

Published 9:50 am Wednesday, August 3, 2016

By Trevier Gonzalez

The Orange Leader

It’s been said that there aren’t enough hours in a day to be able to accomplish everything what we’d like, but according to International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service, we will have an extra second to work with this year. Characterized as a “leap second,” this is a practical method to keep the atomic and astronomical times together. According to National Geographic, this practice began in 1972. During that year, the world was able to receive ten leap seconds. Here in 2016, we’re getting one. Although it may not exactly seem like much time at all, it’s something to consider in an almost metaphysical way. So, what exactly can we do with an extra second?

Well, not much, but that also isn’t a terrible thing. Only two actions really come to mind: Blink and breathe. By that, I mean to live in the moment. Now, bonus points can be given to those who are a little more outgoing by meeting new people, volunteering at various events or joining Team MishaMoosha to participate in gishwhes — which stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. These, of course, are just suggestions, but wherever you may be in life, genuinely try living in the moment.

Although we as people probably won’t be able to make our days last forever the way Jim Croce puts it in “Time in a Bottle,” no one can stop us from using that extra second to spend it with the people we love.