Daylight savings time.

Blue = uses DST, Orange = formerly used DST, Red = never used DST. The more you know.


I can’t believe I didn’t think to write about this yesterday. For those who weren’t paying attention at all and/or are reading this in the future and/or live in a different country, yesterday was the day that the clock sprang forward for daylight savings time. That is to say, that we lost one hour. Sad panda.


The criticisms of daylight savings time are numerous. Why bother with it? It’s an arbitrary change in the way we measure time – the shift literally doesn’t change anything physically, but we have to change our time keeping infrastructure to account for it. Many countries don’t deal with it at all because of this. For them the benefit of DST, which is that you get more sun after work during late spring/summer, is minimal in comparison to the cost of maintaining it every year. It also results in some annoying conversion issues when you leave the country, whether it be to a different time zone or to the same time zone (going directly south or north) to a country where DST is not observed. Others even argue that we should instead shift all clocks forward and keep them there, because many people are waking up later and staying up later, and those people want more sun-time all year round. This opinion is a bit more popular in college and probably less popular where people actually have to wake up early…


Despite my love for efficiency and consistency, I actually like daylight savings time. If I somehow had the power to choose, I would probably choose to get rid of it because it makes too much sense not too, but I honestly do it enjoy it. For me, the selling point is that it adds a new, interesting element to life. Kind of like adding an extra holiday. Having DST generates another two days out of the year that are remarkable for some reason. Even though jumping ahead an hour kind of sucks, it does mean that the world around you seems to change – suddenly you can watch sunset while eating dinner, for instance. And when you go back an hour, it’s like a magical extra hour gets added to your day and you can stay up late with friends waiting for it instead of sleeping or studying or doing anything else constructive with the time. It keeps you on your toes ever so slightly more than if we didn’t have it at all, and results in a more dynamic world.


Change can be scary. Sometimes I don’t like change. But fear brought on by the prospect of change is a subset of fear of the unknown – if something stays the same, you’re familiar with it, but if something new happens, how knows if it is going to be bad or good? By comparison, daylight savings time is like a “free” change; it is a change that adds diversity to life without having unknown and possibly disastrous consequences. I try and maximize this type of free change in my life whenever possible, and DST is just another tiny way of making it happen.  I recommend the same – it can be useful to get into a habit, but breaking habits every now and then to shake things up can make life a lot more interesting.


By the way, does anyone actually listen to all of the songs I post? I only post songs that I like, so naturally I would recommend them to anyone who hadn’t heard them and is looking for new music. A change in music is yet another way to make life more interesting.


I’ve been listening to this song a lot lately, and it has the word change in it so I figured it was appropriate enough here.


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