I am not patient. And Time seems pass too quickly, except when I’m impatient.
Then it’s eternally slow.
In the epic tome that, full disclosure, I have not read, War and Peace, Tolstoy wrote:
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
And as a person lacking in patience, I think I’d have to agree.
Time can do amazing work to wear things down and alter them until they’re almost unrecognizable.
Here is a small but amazing selection of things worn away or changed by Time.
1. Walking Liberty dollar
I used to carry one of these in my pocket every day too. Now I sort of wish I hadn’t stopped!
My grandfathers Liberty Dollar he carried for 50+ years because "a man’s always gotta have a dollar in his pocket". Took a few attempts to get it, but you can still make out Lady Liberty. from Wellworn
2. Copper colored crayon
Mind. Blown. I had no idea it contained actual copper!
3. Layers of paint
Remarkable. I wonder how many layers there are in my house.
Years of paint build up I chipped of an old trestle at work. from mildlyinteresting
4. The Berlin Wall
Not to be outdone, check out these layers.
Berlin wall: graffiti spray paint layers on a broken piece from interestingasfuck
5. Old Yoda key chain
Pointy, his ears are no longer.
When 900 years old, you reach, look as good, you will not. from Wellworn
6. The well-loved stuffed friend
We all have one. They’re perfect.
Mom surprised me with the brand new version of my 27 year old childhood stuffed animal. from mildlyinteresting
7. Microwave light bulb
Why are they so pretty when they die? Is this how they make marbles??
Burned out microwave bulb left this smoke pattern inside from mildlyinteresting
8. A knife, half gone from use
It’s quite something to behold.
Knife at my work that’s halfway gone from sharpening from mildlyinteresting
9. A shovel, trying to keep up with the knife
I’d like to know more about the 9,000 trees!
Planting 90,000ish trees take a few inches of shovel from mildlyinteresting
10. A boot, worn out from walking
I can’t believe it was only 6 years! Were they worn while planting the 9,000 trees?
They served me well for 6 years but it was time. $220 plus a $60 resole a couple years ago from the local cobbler. Looking forward to another 6 years. I’ve blown through $200+ Red Wings and Timberlands in months but these never failed me. (The holes happened a few months ago.) from Wellworn
11. A statue, worn out from touching
Ronaldo is one of the greats. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The colors of this Bronze Cristiano Ronaldo statue is fading where people touch it the most from mildlyinteresting
12. Another statue
Because people are the same everywhere. They really like touching.
The uneven wear on the penis of this human statue due to people stroking it over the years shows that humans can’t resist stroking penises even if they are not real from interestingasfuck
13. People are so much alike that together they can leave shadows behind
The walls in this old coffeehouse have shadows where people used to sit from mildlyinteresting
14. And they’re always losing their purse
Such a cool, human thing to find.
15. The Great Wall of China
Look at the state of those stairs after so many years.
Stairs on the Great Wall of China. How many people do you think have walked on them? from interestingasfuck
16. WWI pocket watch
An absolutely incredible treasure.
My great grandfather’s British Army issue pocket watch along with the German bullet that it stopped in France 1914. from interestingasfuck
These examples really illustrate how intriguingly Time can alter things.
Which one was your favorite? Tell us in the comments!