The speed of time

One of the great mysteries of life is the speed at which time flies. Or, at least the perception of how time passes.

I read somewhere that “the sensation that life is speeding up is a commonly reported aspect of ageing“. I’m not sure I agree.

Time slows down when one is in a rush but traffic is at a standstill.

Time flies when something interesting happens.

Time slows down when one is sick, bed bound, or in pain, or all of the foregoing.

Time flies when one has a lot of tasks to complete but just do not seem to have the time to complete them.

Do you feel that way too?

Just like that, one zooms straight into the fourth quarter of the year.

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2 thoughts on “The speed of time

  1. ShimonZ

    The sensation of time racing by as we get older seems to me to be a function of mathematics. When we are five years old, a year is one fifth of our life, and so seems like a long time. But at fifty years of age it is only 1/50th of our life, and so seems much smaller.

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    1. plumerainbow Post author

      ShimonZ, that’s an interesting perspective I haven’t thought about!

      Incidentally right after this post, a quote flashed up on my facebook feed:

      “Try to imagine life without time keeping.

      You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie.

      Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays.

      Man alone measures time.

      Man alone chimes the hour.

      And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures.

      A fear of time running out.”

      Reply

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