The concept of time and how to experience more of it
I came across an intriguing article about time and this quote caught my eye:
We construct the experience of time in our minds, so it follows that we are able to change the elements we find troubling – whether it’s trying to stop the years racing past, or speeding up time when we’re stuck in a queue, trying to live more in the present, or working out how long ago we last saw our old friends. Time can be a friend, but it can also be an enemy. The trick is to harness it, whether at home, at work, or even in social policy, and to work in line with our conception of time. Time perception matters because it is the experience of time that roots us in our mental reality. Time is not only at the heart of the way we organize life, but the way we experience it. – Claudia Hammond
The time-machine is, indeed, our mind. They say that most vivid memories are from our youth, and that the time seems longer then, and rushes fatser the older you get. One of the theories is that in our formative years we experience many things for the first time, and our mind stores this information in detail to draw on it later in reinforcing our identity. Well, the secret to extending your time then – to filling your life with fuller memories – is to keep living new experiences.
A friend of mine said (turning 25, which seems funny looking back now) – “you catch up with the idea you are growing older when you realize that many things have already happened for the first time“. It’s incredibly wise, and it has also prompted me to keep seeking more firsts throughout my 20s (and this journey made me very happy).
Because I believe there are many firsts to be found at any age – not just the first relationship, job, travel we experience when we are young – but other firsts. First child, first home ownership, first skippering a yacht, first “drop everything and see what happens”, first grandchild, even first day of retirement and new freedom.
It’s like in that Buddhist proverb – “To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.” So it is with time. We all live the same 24hrs every day, and our own mental time machines determine how we experience this time.