Remember when you were younger and time seemed to go by so slowly? Everything seemed like an eternity? Each class in high school was probably close to an hour right? Yet we always go so much done in that hour! Staring at the clock waiting for the bell to ring seemed to slow down time even more. Fast forward to now... whenever I'm running late for something, and hour goes by like nothing! Absolute nothing! Staring at a clock when you are running late seems to speed time up. This kind of stuff really gets me thinking. Our individual perceptions of time seem to shape everything we do in life; especially in conjuncture with society's guidelines for time as we have come to know it. Why does everything revolve around time when it's such a hard concept to make sense of? Let's investigate!
What's the first thing you probably do every morning? Look at the time right? "What time is it" seems to be a reoccurring question throughout most of our days. Our next waking question might be "what day is it?" (Especially for someone like me with no real job, it can often get very confusing!) Back in the day, I use to know what day it was by which shows came on TV, haha. Unless we are a time traveling looney toon, or it's the week after New Years, we probably don't ask what year it is too often. It seems to be a little less important in the small scheme of things. But then again, why is the time and date so immediately important? I suppose it has become increasingly more important as we get older for a number of reasons. Time didn't go by as fast when we were children because it didn't matter as much. There were rarely life changing deadlines that we had to meet. And if there were, someone older was keeping track of all of that. As an adult, everything is so gosh darn time sensitive. Everyone needs to know exact times and dates for things in order to keep their life in order. I guessss.
Maybe I'm going off the deep end a little bit... or maybe these days I just have too much "time" on my hands, but I think stress is sometimes associated with people's perceptions of time. It can be a very stressful thing! Whenever I have to be somewhere at a certain time, it stresses me the crap out! I have to take time to get ready, time to prepare, I have to factor in travel time... too darn much! Why can't I just live! Why must I be confined to the restrictions of time restraint? I suppose it's necessary to a degree in order to have SOME sort of structure, but there is too much importance placed on time...and not reality. These days getting older is often feared. Why? Is it because we feel as though we haven't done enough yet and there won't be any more time once we are older? This is not the case! At least I don't think so. I used to be worried about not having enough time to do all of the things I want, or the fact that statistically speaking, my best years are behind me. My best year is now! Right now is what's important. The present is being wasted on regret for the past, and anticipation for the future. I just try to be in the moment as much as I can. We shouldn't let time tell us what we can and cannot do. There is not enough time you say? What ever do you mean, there is all the time in the world!
I'm not saying we should all just start showing up to appointments and meeting whenever the heck we feel like it, but instead of being so concerned with the illusion known as time, we should appreciate our lives for what they are and look at the time (seemingly slipping away) as growth. Whenever we feel that time is moving too fast, that means we need to switch up our perception a bit. By just taking a moment without rushing, you'd be surprised how much you can stretch time to custom fit everything you need. Also, the same works for anything you are doing where time seems to pass by painstakingly slow... take a moment to appreciate how much time you have to appreciate your life. Perception folks! It makes all the difference.
p.s. I never really understood the saying "time is money". Money doesn't even compare! Money comes and goes in such an erratic and unpredictable fashion. Also, it can be lost, yet returned in the same form. Time, although it does come as well as go, it is always different. Once a specific part of time is gone, it is never returned, only new time... making it much more valuable!
p.p.s. I'm always either super punctual or super late, there is no in-between!
p.p.p.s. Man, not having a job is making me so much more aloof than I already am! Maybe some structure in my life wouldn't be such a bad thing. It's good to have a balance of aloofness and stability. But then again, I was never really good at balance. That's why I suck at yoga.