I am generally not a big waster of time. However when I become wary of squandering away too much time I often remind myself of these Pink Floyd lyrics below. (not my favourite song but some of my favourite lyrics! Click here to listen to it)
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way
Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
And you are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun
And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death
Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say
In clinical microbiology, time is incredibly important. From the moment the sample is taken from the patient, the clock is ticking in terms of getting a clinically meaningful report out to the clinician.
In microbiology, as in life, we sometimes let time run away from us, and before we know it, a significant amount of time has passed….
p.s. I have added some quick MCQs and short explanations on bacterial culture media to the website.