Time Goes By

Another week has gone by and again I wonder where it went. Perhaps it's a sign of a disordered life. Perhaps I need more and/or better goals. Probably, it's also just that I'm getting older.

All my life I've been told that time seems to pass more quickly as you get older. Now that I'm into my fifth decade, I can attest to the truth of it. Or can I? How do I know that time only seems to be going faster? How do I know it isn't going faster in fact?

Time has always facinated me. Certainly, I'm not the only one. There are always new time travel stories to be read in science fiction. Occasionally that element will cross over into other genres. So, it's clear to me that I'm not the only one interested in the phenomenon.

Time travel? How did I get from simple time to time travel? My guess is that it's because we want to control time and all we've come up with for that is time travel. Hmmm... There are so many paradoxes with it if we try to mess with time. Everyone seems to have a different theory on how it would work and what would happen if it did. Personally, I tend to think that if we can travel in time (other than the normal minute by minute), we will be phantoms in the 'new' time. If it is our own past or future we will be who we were or will be--leaping into ourselves something like Dr. Sam Beckett does in the tv series Quantum Leap, but I don't think we'd leap into anyone not ourselves. I don't think we will be able to alter anything, to change the future or the past. This still could be very facinating. What a great way to learn history! How much more accurate it would be, too! (After all, we'll see for ourselves what really happened.) While it may create some interesting paradoxes and correct or create problems, I don't see how going back in time can do anything to help slow time down. Time travel won't solve this problem.

Time management is supposed to be the cure for this problem. Having goals, setting priorities and getting down to business do cure some of the problems associated with time going by too fast. The time we have is used more efficiently. We aren't really managing time, however, just what we do in it. And really, time seems to go by faster for me when I'm busy and involved in something!

So time goes faster when you get older, when you're busy, and when you're having fun or are deeply engrossed in something. What's the connection among them? As much as it may seem so to me, it isn't that time really does go faster. If that were the case, everyone should feel it more or less the same way, shouldn't they? Well, maybe not, because time is a very perceptual thing. And if the universe is expanding might that not affect the reality of time?

Who knows? But I think I've figured out where a good chunk of my time is going. Not only do I ponder these unanswerable questions, I also keep looking up information to help understand them (maybe) on the internet and in my library. I've discovered a lot about time travel, time management and our expanding universe, today. But, oh my gosh! Where has the time gone?!

1998 by F.S. Junaid



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