You get the gist. Do we measure forever based on our lifetimes? An oak's lifetime? The length of time it takes soil to form? The "life" of a Country?
Several years ago, my husband and I visited England, and while there toured a castle built 600 years ago that was still being lived in by a Duke & Duchess. We walked along part of Hadrian's wall - a structure that was built nearly 2,000 years ago by the Roman Empire that has long since ceased to exist.
I've never visited them, but I know that some of the Pyramids in Egypt are more than 4,000 years old. A quick Internet search told me that the oldest structure discovered to date is a temple in Turkey that is more than 11,000 years old! Is that forever?
I'm thinking about this because forever is a word that we use a lot when we talk about our work at TLC. We promise to preserve land forever - we don't say we'll preserve it for 100 years, 1,000 years, or 11,000 years, but forever.
Synonyms for forever include everlasting, infinity, and "until the end of time." The dictionary definition includes the phrases "without end," "for a very long time" and "incessantly."
Well, I don't know what you think, but I could probably go on and on about forever until I'm blue in the face, but all things considered, it might be better to wait until the cows come home. Just don't wait until hell freezes over - that would really feel like eternity!