It’s Only A Matter Of Time

Whether you see time as a naturally occurring force, a convention of man, or just the unforeseeable perpetuator of those unwanted wrinkles and age-related developments, there is no denying that time dictates our lives more than any one influence. Clocks, watches, calendars, the atomic clock, day planners, PDAs, cell and smart phones, all contribute to the confirmation of navigating the preset standard of our daily lives. Tools of organization and predictability add order and structure to a world that is far beyond predictable and is nowhere near orderly.

Time robs us. There is a perpetual cycle that takes from us but also gives back as well. Sometimes it heals us. There is no telling where it will lead us. As best as we can understand, there is a finite longevity to our lives.

There are 1440 minutes in a day. For someone with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) there is no knowing when or how long your medicines are going to work for or last. It is a disease that forces patience and relinquishing of control. Stress, lack of sleep, commotion and noise, being rushed, daily hustle and bustle, and crowds effect even the healthiest of people but someone with a neurological disorder like PD is most likely unable to function well when exposed to one or more of these stressors.

There was a time when society believed that good things came to those who wait and that patience was a virtue. Now, fast is best. Fast has become the staple of the Western diet and is quickly invading the rest of the world. Speed is king.
Maybe the journey is as important as the destination. It is so easy to miss the little lessons that are thrown our way, every day. In a world of constant flux, on-demand gratification and throw-away everything, it is only natural to wonder if the affliction of PD is the result of the demands and taxing of a weakened immune system.

The harder we push, the harder the stress and negativity that comes with our need for rapid results pushes back. Some systems may be predisposed to accommodate for the frenzied pace, but many of us are not. Are we on a collision course for neurological disaster from stress and pressure?

Picture by Karl Robb

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over thirty years. With symptoms since he was seventeen years old, Karl was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty-one, he is a Parkinson’s disease advocate, an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author of two books (A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit) with his wife and care partner, Angela Robb. He has blogged for ten years on his website, He is a Community Team Member to and is a contributor to His blog,, has been recognized four years in a row by as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! has recognized for 2018 and 2017 as a Top 50 Parkinson’s Disease blog. Karl was a blogger for the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. He is a frequent speaker on Parkinson’s disease issues as well as an experienced advocate for Parkinson’s issues throughout the United States. He is also an advisor and consultant on Parkinson’s disease. Karl is a board member of both the Parkinson Voice Project and Parkinson Social Network based in Virginia. He was an active board member (6 years) and an advocate (18 years) with the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). In his free time, he is a photographer, constant writer, longtime magician, and a practicing Reiki Jin Kei Do master. Karl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been featured by The New York Post, BBC Radio, CBS News, National Public Broadcasting (NPR), in The New Republic magazine and NHK World Television, as well as several Washington, D.C., television stations. You may reach Karl via email at, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd. I’m available for speaking engagements to share my experience living with Parkinson’s disease. Please contact me at if you are interested in having me speak to your group, conference/symposium, or would like me to write an article for your newsletter or blog. I am not a medical professional and this information is my personal view. I am just sharing my medical journey with you, the reader. I encourage you to seek all avenues that can benefit your condition.

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