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When you were a child time crawled along insufferably. The school year was an agonizing wait between term breaks and end of year holidays.
Now as an adult all time does is fly by. Weeks, months, years gone in a blur of activity and non activity. As a child adults would tell me, ” just wait until you’re older and the year will speed by.” They were right.
We’ve all experienced this, think about the passing of time for a Monday and Tuesday at work versus the weekend you have off. Two very different experiences.
Why? Because the concept of time and time experienced is an illusion we all live by.
Lets get theoretical
We are all governed by time, it affects every facet of every situation, circumstance and moment.
The time to wake up and go to bed. The time to eat. The time you work and finish for the day. The time to pick up your children. The time to meet so and so at a place..
Hundreds of years ago time was created as relative to our planet.
And it’s really straightforward..
It was decided a day would become 24 hours, a week 7 days, a month anywhere from 30 – 31 days, (except February of course) a year 365 days for the earth to orbit the sun.
Time zones were created within the areas of the earth as our planet rotated on its axis around the sun.
We couldn’t possibly share the same time zone worldwide otherwise you may be having lunch in the dark, depending on where you live.
Then there’s daylight savings time – the clocks going back an hour overnight. Or forward an hour. If you live in Barrow, Alaska you get to experience 80 days of uninterrupted daylight in Summer.
Physicist Albert Einstein showed that time is an illusion; it is relative. it varies for different observers depending on your speed through space. Einstein’s theory of special relativity says that time slows down or speeds up depending on how fast you move in relation to something else. Approaching the speed of light, a person inside a spaceship hurtling through space would age much slower than his twin on earth.
In every day terms a direct flight from say England to South Africa may take 11 hours. To drive the same distance would be much longer. (No you can’t drive over the bodies of water but you can sit on the ferry!) You get the gist..time slowing down or speeding up in relation to how fast you are moving between spaces.
Lets get mystical
We live in a society that is always relative to something else. We have to live within the constructs of time, but we should do so wisely.
As the quote goes, ” be in this world, but not of it “
What the heck does that mean and how can we be that way?! In really simplistic terms it means being PRESENT.
Don’t get caught up in the rush of life and don’t create unnecessary rush in your life. Try to be aware of it all.
Decide for yourself what’s most important in life and focus on that. Do not let external circumstances change your internal compass.
Now how will you experience time? Because when it’s gone, it’s gone
Watch this symbolic clip from the first season of True Detective.
Note how the scene plays out between the two daughters of Marty, the now retired Police Detective narrating the scene with regret.
His two daughters are first seen at roughly 6 – 8 years old playing underneath a tree in the front garden of their house. The younger girl is wearing a toy crown. Her older sister takes it and throws it up into the tree where it gets stuck on a high branch.
The camera pans upward away from the girls and into the tree, showing the toy crown stuck on the branch.
The camera pans back downward to ground level and the front garden.
A vehicle turns into the drive of the house. A girl simultaneously walks with her friend across the front lawn toward the house.
As the vehicle stops on the drive an older girl gets out. Beer cans fall from the vehicle’s open door.
7 years have now passed. Marty’s daughters are teenagers. He’s missed it.
He wasn’t paying attention.