It is said that time doesn’t exist, because it’s only a perception of human experience.
Think about it.
Does a tree know it’s getting older? Does a rock know how long it’s been around? Does the earth even care whether it has a future or not? Since it has no concept of time, or even the awareness of its own reality?
These are interesting thoughts. However since no rock, tree or planet is reading this, than the point is really moot. In reality, we all live under the constraints of time.
So back to our main point – Why does time seem to go faster as we get older?
Well to answer this, let’s get back to the human concept of time.
We basically perceive the passage of time by two things.
- The movement – rising and setting – of the sun of which we break down into the concept of time i.e. days, years, seasons. decades etc.
- Our ability to observe the effects of the passing of time – changing physical appearances, aging of material objects, physical decay and finally death.
When it comes down to our perception, or awareness of the passing of time, it really boils down to a simple math problem. To keep it simple lets break it down to the yearly aging process of people.
The reason time appears to move slowly when you are young is because you relate time in regards to your past experience with it.
For example when you are 12, and a year goes by, it seems so long because it’s only one twelfth of your entire life. So one year to a 5-year-old seems so long because its 20% of their entire life.
When you’re 70, a year seems short because it represents only one seventieth of your existence. So one year to a fifty year old is short because it makes up only 2% of their entire life.
When we are younger, we have so few years of experience that any passage of time is only a small fraction of our life as a whole.
As we get older, time really goes faster because we have so much more experience with the passage of time, as each day, month or year goes by.
In the end, it’s up to each and every one of us to decide how we use the limited amount of time we have left on this planet. Like we say at OneMeanDream: Dream it, Live it, Mean it……